After Angela Merkel pledged to retire as the head of her CDU party, the leader of Bavaria's CSU party Horst Seehofer is also expected to step down. The CSU recently suffered heavy election losses.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has told members of his Christian Social Union (CSU) party that he wants to step down as party chief Reuters reported Sunday, citing party sources.
CSU boss also reportedly considering an early end to his time as German interior minister.
UPDATE 1-Merkel critic Seehofer wants to resign as Bavarian conservative chief - sources. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal asylum policies, has told members of his Bavarian conservative party that he wants to resign as party chief, party sources told Reuters on Sunday.</p><p>Under Seehofer, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Merkel's Bavarian allies, suffered their worst results since 1950 in an election last month in the southern state after his anti-immigration campaign backfired.</p><p>Poor results for the CSU in Bavaria and Merkel's own Christian Democrats (CDU) in the western state of Hesse have forced the long-serving chancellor to step down as CDU party leader and announce her intention to retire from politics at the end of her term in 2021.</p><p>The CSU sources said Seehofer also wanted to resign as interior minister before 2021, which could make Merkel's coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) more stable.</p><p>Merkel's CDU-CSU conservative grouping formed a coalition with the SPD after the two blocs suffered painful losses in a national election last year.</p><p>Their coalition has been shaken by disputes over immigration.</p><p>Seehofer twice brought the government to the verge of collapse last year, including by threatening in the summer to prevent migrants from entering Germany via Austria.</p><p>But his attempts to sound tougher on immigration than the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) did not help the CSU in last month's Bavarian election. The party lost its absolute majority in the regional parliament.</p><p>The CSU bled support to the AfD and the ecologist Greens and was forced to share power in a coalition with the Free Voters, a protest party.</p><p>Seehofer denied last week a media report that he plans to resign as CSU chief. If he indeed steps down, the CSU will have to elect a new leader at a special meeting in January. (Writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by David Stamp)</p>
Merkel critic Seehofer wants to step down as CSU chief - party sources. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal asylum policies, has told members of his Christian Social Union (CSU) that he is ready to step down as party chief, sources in the Bavarian party told Reuters.</p><p>Seehofer also told senior CSU members at a meeting that he wanted to resign as interior minister before the end of the current legislative period in 2021, the sources said, giving no further details.</p><p>(Reporting by Joern Poltz; editing by David Stamp Writing by Joseph Nasr)</p>
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal asylum policies, has told members of his Bavarian ...