Nancy Faeser wants to remain Federal Minister of the Interior even after an election defeat in Hesse. As the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reports, she will only move to Hesse as Prime Minister. Chancellor Scholz is said to have already approved the project.
Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser apparently wants to keep her ministerial office in Berlin until the state elections in October, even if there is a top candidate for the SPD in Hesse. Faeser reached an agreement on this with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), reports the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in its Tuesday edition. According to the newspaper, in the event of a defeat in the state elections, Faeser should stay in Berlin – and not go to Hesse as opposition leader.
According to “SZ”, the party expects that Faeser would only move to Wiesbaden as Prime Minister. The Hessian SPD chairwoman wants to explain her plans on Friday. It is considered certain that she will declare her top candidacy.
According to “Süddeutscher”, there is a historical parallel to an approach such as that in the Faeser case. In 1995, the then CDU Interior Minister, Manfred Kanther, was the top candidate in Hesse. The CDU was the strongest force in the state elections, but Kanther was not prime minister. Red-Green retained a majority at the time. Kanther remained Minister of the Interior in Bonn, while Roland Koch took over the role of leader of the opposition in Hesse.
In the most recent survey by Infratest dimap, the Hesse SPD was five percentage points behind the CDU. Before moving to Berlin, Faeser had been active in Hessian local and state politics since 1996 and was a member of the state parliament for 18 years.