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We here at thegoldwater.com were quick to introduce you to Mr Horst Seehofer, Germany’s new Minister of the Interior in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government who already scandalously (by German standards) claimed last week that “the number of refugee deportations should be significantly increased.”
Today, Mr Seehofer shocked the conservative German press even more with his latest interview, in which he stated that: "No. Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany is shaped by Christianity."
"The Muslims who live among us naturally belong to Germany… That, of course, does not mean that we should, out of a false consideration for others, give up our traditions and customs. Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/German?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#German</a> Interior and Homeland Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seehofer?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seehofer</a> tells <a href="https://twitter.com/BILD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Bild</a> that "Islam does not belong to Germany" contradicting <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Merkel?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Merkel</a> from 2015. Either she's lost control of her Cabinet already or abandoned previous position <a href="https://t.co/XZ8gadxAzO">https://t.co/XZ8gadxAzO</a></p>— David Charter (@DavidCharter) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCharter/status/974581889062391808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr Seehofer made the comments in an interview with Bild, the most popular German newspaper, and are seen as highly critical to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of not wanting to offend any minorities.
But given that her interior minister stems from the southern province of Bavaria where the CSU part of Ms Merkel’s CDU/CSU coalition wanted to be more critical of her immigration policy but wasn’t allowed and needed to follow party lines, the CSU lost many votes to the far right AfD. Mr Seehofer faces new regional elections next year in Bavaria and seems keen to win back the voters he lost.
More than a million, mostly Muslim, immigrants arrived in Germany after Chancellor Merkel opened the doors to Syrian asylum seekers in 2015. As from 2017, she reversed this policy.