Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke diplomatically about Horst Seehofer's future as interior minister after announcing his resignation as head of the CSU. "He is my interior minister," she said at the "economic summit" of the Süddeutsche Zeitung when asked if Seehofer should not leave the cabinet.
The CDU politician continued: "It is also true that the question of whether someone is party leader and cabinet member is not directly related." Chancellor himself will take over as head of CDU in December, but he wants to remain a Chancellor.
This should not look like an "obituary"
As for conflicts, for example in migration policy, Merkel said she had some "noise" with Seehofer in some places – but she also worked very well with him. Seehofer is a "political weight," with a lot of creativity and a "very social heart for the people". But that should not act as an "obituary," the chancellor said.
Seehofer leaves after his resignation announcement as head of open CSU, if and when he is also Interior Minister. (Read a detailed analysis here.) The 69-year-old did not want to answer the questions of journalists. Seehofer had announced on Monday, after massive pressure from the party, before awaiting his resignation as head of the CSU. But he wanted to remain minister, he said.