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A self-determined departure – that was the great goal from Horst Seehofer. It is now different. As Seehofer this Friday, announced this morning in a drought written statement that he will give up the post of party Chairman, was no longer a free decision. It was more of a novelty. His party friends were came to him long before, his farewell was since days. You have prevented Seehofer self-proclaimed to him first, as it was originally planned, and how he had at least a semblance of self-determination.

Seehofer, however, not only as a Driven man. He also goes as a Failed. He wanted to modernise the party and lead to so age Power and glory. That was his goal when he took over in 2008, the party presidency. Now, ten years later, is clear: More than a between high he has brought to his party.

He gives the CSU in desolaterem condition, as he has done so. Of the absolute majority, over decades, the self-understanding of Bavarian Conservatives coined, the party is further away than at that time. And instead of just a rival party on the right edge there is in addition to the Free voters of the AfD a second. The fragmentation of the right-wing camp has progressed in Bavaria than in other States.

Jovial, witty, self-deprecating

it had, in fact, that’s what makes it especially bitter, so full of hope, started. After the short term of office of Erwin Huber as party leader and Günther Beckstein as Minister-President, which had to be replaced in 2007, the ousted long – standing party and government chief, Edmund Stoiber, seemed Seehofer is the right man for the fresh start. With his jovial, witty and sometimes self-deprecating style to be style difference is already positive of the two rather pale predecessors. The benefit came to him that he could look back on many years of Federal policy experience.

in 1980, he had been for the first Time in the Bundestag is elected – to a time when the Chancellor called Helmut Schmidt and many of today’s active CSU politicians were still children. In 1992, he was Minister of health and by the media as “the Siegfried of the celebrated social policy”. A reputation that he solidified when he gave up in 2004 in Protest against Angela Merkel’s favoured capitation in the health care office as Deputy group Vice. With Seehofer also hope to secure the CSU in the Federal government more influence the Association therefore.

“Basta, it is no more, I want a vibrant, fresh people’s party,” he announced upon taking office as party leader and Prime Minister in 2008. The CSU, he believed at the time, have suffered in the last Stoiber years, mainly due to the fact that she was too far away from the population. Unpopular decisions of his Vorvorgängers such as the introduction of tuition fees, he took it. He revised but also items that were in use in the CSU for a long time immovable, as, for example, the commitment to compulsory military service or to nuclear energy.

Bayern First

At the same time, he was the stalwart representative of Bavarian interests, the Federal government has struggled for support and money Car toll, expansion of the mothers ‘ pension, and a more equitable financial equalisation. In his first years as a party chief he sought, also, to a more modern Image of his party. Against great internal resistance, he is, for example, a women’s quota for the CSU Party members of the management Board.

This course went on. At the state election in September 2013, the CSU won back the absolute majority in the Parliament, a few weeks later, in the Bundestag election you could even just back to the jump over the crucial 50 percent. In his own re-election as party Chairman in 2013, 95.3 percent received Seehofer. He was now at the very top.

Perhaps because of these successes, he felt himself still more independent of his party than before. “From then on, he has only followers,” says one of the ancients about him. Of the new culture of discussion, which he had promised once, there was nothing more to feel. The members of the Landtag of one’s own group he called as the dwarves would have no idea. Also, members of the Cabinet were publicly humiliated. “Coalition with the people” was the name of the new style of government, Seehofer declared now. His political decisions have been increasingly erratic. Seehofer had promised, for example, shortly after the reactor disaster of Fukushima, to make Bavaria a leader in the energy transition, he hit the side of the wind power opponents, and blocked lines, the Expansion of power.

Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.