German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has again thrown a pavement into the pond. Showing himself sympathetic towards the protesters of Chemnitz, he denounces immigration as the source of all the ills of the country.
In the German government coalition, bringing together Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD), the dissension on the issue migratory endlessly divide. On 5 September, the Minister of the Interior (CSU), also leader of the Bavarian party, made a new release that will not fail to stir even more an already unstable mix.
Attending a closed meeting organized by his party in the Brandenburg city of Neuhardenberg, Horst Seehofer described immigration as “the mother of all problems”, according to Die Welt . While commenting on the violent events that took place in Chemnitz, Saxony, in recent days, the minister has ruled that their primary cause was the killing by two asylum seekers of a young German .
“In the first place, there is this brutal murder,” he said, according to several journalists in the room. Assuming to be sympathetic to the protesters in Saxony, the Minister of the Interior then regretted that the debates that followed the enmeshed rallies of violence, whether in the political class or in the media, would no longer have taken into account of this initial fact and yet according to him crucial.
Horst Seehofer is not his first shock statement: worried about the future of his party, historically hegemonic in Bavaria but very competitively with the alternative anti-immigration party for Germany (AfD) in recent years, he multiplies hostile attitudes to migrants. Recently, while presenting his plan on immigration , he had aroused strong indignation while having fun of an improbable coincidence: “Exactly, the day of my 69 years, 69 people were expelled towards Afghanistan! “
For its part, the AfD regularly denounces the “postures” of the minister, which would never be followed by effects. Earlier this year, the frontal opposition between Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer nearly led to a split between CDU and CSU, unalterable allies since 1945. Finally, the Bavarian, after increasing pressure on the Chancellor, had decided to stay at home. government.