INSIGHT: Germany – In an attempt to get AFD votes, the CSU loses its grip and plot and support
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What is going on in Bavaria? Or better: at the CSU. First it goes against the Chancellor, and now is arguing with each other: party leader Horst Seehofer against the recently celebrated without hope, Prime Minister Markus Söder. But even after his seizure of power, the party is far from the desired absolute majority in the surveys. 


Horst Seehofer has to take sharp criticism from his own ranks


But Interior Minister Seehofer not only gets the criticism from Söder headwind. The 69-year-old has because of his refugee policy increasingly keen criticism from their own ranks. So criticised party colleague Josef Göppel: “In the dispute over asylum slogans of the AfD have been adopted and in the choice of words, the bourgeois decency was abandoned.”

Within the CSU, particularly church-based circles complain that in recent months the keynote in the public debate has been changed to win back voters of the AfD. But this was not only unsuccessful for the CSU, “but was also inappropriate content,” said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.

Because “the Christian basic orientations, which stand with the CSU in the party name, contain the obligation to use itself in a suitable language”.

Seehofer preferred ideology instead of content. CSU colleague Stephan Bloch brings the mood in his party in the “Rheinische Post” in a nutshell: “The CSU has made a lot of break-ups”.

He sees many things differently than Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel. But: “I pay tribute to her factual work.”

Seehofer has lost more and more recently. 

Read more on RTL here.

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