German government crisis: What happens if Horst Seehofer resigns?

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Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said he’s considering resigning from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet and as CSU leader. DW takes a look at what the move would mean for Merkel and her government.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s surprise announcement that he’s considering resigning from his cabinet post and as well as the head of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) has sent shockwaves through German politics.

As he enters into last-ditch talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU) over Germany’s asylum policy, DW breaks down the consequences his resignation would have for Merkel and her coalition government between the CDU, CSU and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

How does resignation work?

Germany’s Basic Law (Constitution) doesn’t make a distinction between voluntary resignation and dismissal for federal ministers, meaning that Seehofer must ask Merkel to be dismissed.

Should Seehofer ask to be dismissed, Merkel cannot make the call by herself. She would need to propose the move to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier who would then be the one to dismiss Seehofer from his interior minister post…

Read more : DeutscheWelle, 02.07.2018