Seehofer conducts the last cabinet meeting in Munich

Seehofer conducts the last cabinet meeting in Munich

Munich (dpa) – Horst Seehofer does not want big fanfare on his last day as Bavarian Prime Minister. When the 68-year-old enters the Cabinet Hall at the State Chancellery for the last time at ten o’clock, the photographers and camera crews still have a hustle and bustle there. In between, the Cabinet members are almost invisible. Routinely, they wait in their places for the opening by the man who is to be appointed the next day in Berlin to the new Federal Minister of the Interior. It is probably the (last) last chapter in a slow and steady alienation.

“Dear Colleagues, I welcome you to our last Cabinet meeting in this formation, which we will handle as we have done in the last nine years and five months and our day’s work,” says Seehofer. Even with him, the routine prevails: While he greets, he turns off his phone and compliments the press out. Day’s work? Routine? Just a glance at the agenda reveals that this is not a normal session, even if Social Affairs Minister Emilia Müller claims this at the door. The situation in the labor market and the export trade are hardly politically mined fields, but examples of Seehofer’s greatest political successes. However, another interesting question is this day: after weeks of alienation from the CSU and his cabinet, Seehofer still seeks a farewell farewell? Or does he let the “solemnity”, as his designated successor Markus Söder calls it, pass by unused? The ratings vary. It was not reconcilable. “Rather pragmatic, as always.” Incidentally, Seehofer only receives the collected minutes of all Cabinet meetings as a gift, otherwise he said he did not want anything.

The cooperation between Seehofer and his cabinet was not always easy, but always personal despite personal disagreements. Even the long-term dispute with Söder played no role here, Seehofer’s authority on the cabinet table was never in danger. “He has demanded a great deal from his ministers and the entire Cabinet, but this is also part of a CEO to demand performance,” says Minister of Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner. “It is a turning point, which also goes a long way under the skin and captures the soul,” says Seehofer retrospectively after the meeting about his policy, in whose eyes he sees how in the future and in the Bund always the little people. “The work is done.” He was highly motivated for the task in Berlin. “I am happy, as much as I enjoyed doing that in Bavaria.” There is no grudge, no grief, but “sadness that I have to say goodbye to the people who have been loyal to me for years.”
As much as he struggles for serenity, but once it shows but briefly that he does not leave Bavaria completely voluntarily and who is guilty of his view: “I’m not back because we have difficulties, but as a result of any discussions, which we had especially in the parliamentary group. ” He plays openly on the course of the power struggle after the CSU bankruptcy in the federal election. To date, Seehofer has not forgiven his critics there, that they forced him to resign. Since then ice age prevails. Seehofer made at all meetings of parliamentary group and state parliament a wide arc. Of course, he does not say that Seehofer had more and more critics outside of the group. Many in the CSU hope that Seehofer, after being appointed this Wednesday as Federal Minister of the Interior, will be able to look more and more calmly to Bavaria and especially to the CSU. Already on Friday is the next opportunity to observe the relationship: Then Seehofer should take part in the election of his long-time rival Söder, handed him the job by handshake. “I will try everything to be on Friday,” says Seehofer. And what does the man who has the say in the state government on Friday say? Once again, Söder gives himself more of his conciliatory side in front of the cameras, speaks of ten “very, very good years” Bayern had under Seehofer, and of chances that the new double top with a “super-double pass” between Berlin and Munich would offer. “He with his experience and strength in Berlin, we with renewal and departure in Bavaria.” However, as he comes to interpret Seehofer’s withdrawal as a signal of a peaceful coexistence of inner conviction, remains on this day Söders secret. Even in the newly dissolved Cabinet.

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