Has been for more than four decades Horst Seehofer (CSU) active in politics. At the end of the legislative period, he wants to withdraw. The Federal Minister of the Interior is looking forward to his upcoming departure from active politics.
"In the balance, a longing for privacy clearly predominates, for this freedom from deadlines and constraints," said Seehofer, according to an advance notification from Thursday to the magazine of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". After more than 40 years in politics, he was "actually way beyond thirst".
Seehofer is currently the Federal Minister of the Interior, but was also Minister of Health and Agriculture. In addition, he was CSU chairman and Bavarian Prime Minister for several years.
Seehofer told SZ-Magazin that his worst quality was "seducibility, for example through moods". He wouldn't give some speeches today either. "The blood rushes in my cheeks." This includes the remark from 2011 that he wanted to defend himself against immigration to German social systems "down to the last bullet".
Seehofer described a life-threatening illness in 2002 as a turning point in his life, but also the death of his father in 1971. "That was a very bitter time," he said. He has always mastered difficult life situations alone. "I've never felt lonely." In politics, however, "a limit has now been reached" for him.
Seehofer will be 72 years old in July. The CSU politician was appointed Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs in mid-March 2018. He gave up the CSU party chairmanship in January 2019 and became his successor Markus Söder elected. At the federal level, Seehofer was Federal Minister for Health from 1992 to 1998, and Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection from 2005 to 2008. He was a member of the CSU Bundestag from 1980 to 2008. Seehofer already had announced that after the upcoming federal election, no further political office would be sought.