Germany is currently governed by a “grand coalition” of the Christian Democrats and the Socialists. The Christian Democrats, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, are the senior partner in the coalition. However, they are comprised of two separate parties, the CDU — Mrs. Merkel’s party — and the CSU, the Bavarian Christian Democrats, led by Horst Seehofer.
Mr. Seehofer has been very much at odds with the chancellor on her immigration policy. His tough stance has made him popular in Bavaria — the CSU recently polled at 92% for the upcoming elections.
Now Horst Seehofer has broken ranks with the rest of Germany (and Western Europe, for that matter), and declared his admiration for President Donald Trump.
CSU-Boss Seehofer praises Trump
Horst Seehofer is impressed by Donald Trump. The new president of the US is implementing his electoral promises “with consistency and speed”. The CSU-Boss also demands a rapid end of the sanctions against Russia.
January 29, 2017
Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer spoke out for an end of the sanctions against Russia as early as “this year”. “Russia should also return into the circle of the G 8”, the CSU-Chef demanded in Bild am Sonntag.
“We need to leave the 20th century way of thinking in blocs behind us,” Seehofer is quoted as saying. “It is about finding joint answers to terror, migration, climate change. A policy of ‘tit for tat’ won’t get us any further. Whoever believes we can pick a quarrel simultaneously with the USA, with Russia and with Great Britain, is making a great mistake.” He is moving for “realistic politics [Realpolitik] instead of saber-rattling,” Seehofer says. “We must spell out differing standpoints, for example about the annexation of the Crimea, but at the same time, we must strive for reasonable economic relationships.”
Seehofer found praise for the new US president Donald Trump: “He is implementing his electoral promises with consistency and speed, item by item. In Germany, we would convene a Study Group, then an Audit Group, and then an Implementation Group.”
This does not mean that he approves of each measure taken by Trump. He congratulated Trump and invited him to the Free State of Bavaria, announced Seehofer. “Trump has been elected president of the US in a democratic, free election. This should be respected. I find a lacking in that regard these days.”