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Bavaria’s man in Berlin pushes Merkel to brink

Horst Seehofer puts home state election first in clash with chancellor.

  • Janosch Delcker
  • Politico

BERLIN — Horst Seehofer may be Germany’s interior minister but he’s doing Bavaria’s bidding.

The 68-year-old’s career looked to be on the slide when he was ousted as premier of the southern state at the end of last year.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 14: German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and leader of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) prepares to take an elevator during a day of wrangling at the Bundestag between the CSU and the German Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 14, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel is at odds with Seehofer over migration policy. While Merkel wants a European-wide approach to migration, Seehofer is insisting that Germany be able to unilaterally turn away asylum seekers when they first reach the German border should they not meet asylum criteria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 14: German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and leader of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) prepares to take an elevator during a day of wrangling at the Bundestag between the CSU and the German Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 14, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel is at odds with Seehofer over migration policy. While Merkel wants a European-wide approach to migration, Seehofer is insisting that Germany be able to unilaterally turn away asylum seekers when they first reach the German border should they not meet asylum criteria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Yet he is center stage once again after pushing Angela Merkel’s government into crisis with his plan to toughen Germany’s asylum policies.

By threatening to implement his plan even without Merkel’s approval, he risks forcing the veteran chancellor to fire him — a…

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