About: Horst Seehofer

Germany and Greece reach agreement to repatriate refugees

Berlin has reached an agreement with Athens to send back refugees to Greece if they have already applied for asylum there. The move follows a similar agreement with Spain earlier this month, while a deal with Italy is also soon to follow.   

Germany seals deal with Spain to return registered asylum seekers

Berlin and Madrid finalised an agreement on Monday (6 August) that will see asylum seekers that reach Germany via Spain returned to the Iberian nation.

Germany’s Seehofer pushes migrant take-back deal with Italy, Greece

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Sunday (5 August) said he hoped for a breakthrough this week in talks with Italy and Greece on taking back asylum-seekers already registered in those countries, as Berlin toughens its migration policies.
Politics 19-07-2018

Catholic Church tells CSU to show Christian values in immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, who are pressing her to toughen up immigration policy, should remember their Christian roots and show a sense of responsibility towards the poor and weak, the head of the Catholic Church in Germany said.

Merkel settles migration row with Bavarian ally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives settled a row over migration that threatened to topple her fragile governing coalition late on Monday evening after talks with her rebellious interior minister led him to drop his threat to resign.
Future EU 25-06-2018

A fateful week for the Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel's presumably last term in office appears to be by far the hardest of her career. EURACTIV Germany looks at the crucial week ahead.

Migration mini-summit: Austria cautiously optimistic

After the CSU indicated it did really not want German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bavarian state election campaign and invited Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, both leaders met during a special summit on migration policy on Sunday in Brussels. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 21-06-2018

Quarrel between Merkel and Seehofer threatens Macron too

French President Emmanuel Macron rode to Chancellor Angela Merkel's aid on migration policy this week  - because he is aware that the political crisis in Berlin might affect him as well. EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Future EU 19-06-2018

Merkel avoids government collapse over immigration but faces deadline

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her two weeks' breathing space yesterday (18 June) to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition government.
Future EU 18-06-2018

German coalition hangs on EU summit’s delivery on asylum reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will decide today (18 June) whether to defy her by implementing a plan to limit immigration at the German border and risk destabilising her three-month-old coalition.
Future EU 15-06-2018

Merkel under internal pressure to abandon EU-wide solutions to migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a tense showdown yesterday (14 June) within her divided conservative camp over the flashpoint issue of immigration that could threaten her political future.
Future EU 13-06-2018

Merkel on tightrope over disputed migrant policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting Tuesday (12 June) to stamp out the first major row within her uneasy coalition, as disputes over her refugee policy returned to haunt her while she negotiates a broad EU asylum deal.
Future EU 11-04-2018

Merkel gathers bickering German ministers for ‘policy camp’

Chancellor Angela Merkel gathered her new cabinet for a two-day retreat on Tuesday (10 April), seeking to forge some team spirit among ministers already squabbling after just a month in office.
Future EU 13-03-2018

Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (12 March), two days before she is to launch her new government, that she will pay a quick visit to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss EU reform proposals.
Elections 09-10-2017

Merkel and allies reach common ground on migration, coalition talks loom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) reached a deal on migrant policy with her conservative Bavarian allies on Sunday (8 November), removing a major obstacle to pursuing talks on a coalition with other parties. In an apparent concession, Merkel...
Global Europe 04-01-2017

‘We need to talk’, Bavarian CSU tells Merkel on migrants

Insisting "this is serious", the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party stood by his demand for a refugee cap and said the conservative allies still have differences to resolve before campaigning for September's election.

Merkel shuns CSU conference for first time

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the CSU, has closed ranks with Austria at its party conference, particularly when it comes to refugee policy, as integration concerns increase. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 07-11-2016

Bavaria to welcome Trump if elected

If Donald Trump wins the US presidential election this week, Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer would welcome the Republican candidate, warning that Germany cannot “behave like it is the whole world’s headmaster”. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU may be going to the dogs, Steinmeier warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday (23 October) that the European Union faced an existential risks.

Schäuble defends Seehofer in German refugee row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's veteran Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, jumped to the defence of her conservatives' Bavarian sister party in the latest twist in a row over migrants that is damaging her re-election prospects.
Economy & Jobs 10-05-2016

Germany steps up its flirting with Russia

No other country sends as many politicians or businessmen to Russia as Germany; not all of the visits are made public knowledge either. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Austria’s neighbours fear more border controls

While increased people-trafficking has been recorded in eastern Austria, increased border controls in the west, specifically at the Brenner Pass, continue to be mooted. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 19-04-2016

What is happening with the EU’s Russia sanctions policy?

The EU has recently experienced several digressions from its official line on sanctions against Russia. The growing frustration of European farmers with the sanction regime has prompted national politicians to undermine the EU’s position on Russia, writes Julius Lorenzen.
Global Europe 23-02-2016

Hungary’s border fences proving ineffective

In the last few days, refugees have started arriving in Hungary in increased numbers again, suggesting that Viktor Orbán's enthusiastic pursuit of a "sealing-off" policy is not paying off. EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.