'Unthinkable': German interior minister rules out 2036 Olympic bid
Berlin (AFP) - Germany's interior minister Horst Seehofer has ruled out a bid to host the 2036 Olympics, saying in an interview published Monday that it would be "unthinkable" on the 100th anniversary of the 1936 Games in Berlin.Held three years before the outbreak of the Second World War, the 1936 games are widely remembered as a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.In March this year, Berlin's state minister of the interior Andreas Geisel faced heavy criticism after he appeared to suggest Berlin should bid for the 2036 Olympics in an interview with Tagesspiegel newspaper. However, ...
Horst Seehofer: Bavarian hardliner turned Merkel nemesis
Berlin (AFP) - A folksy master of Bavaria's conservative beer hall politics, Horst Seehofer has become the most dangerous critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policies and the man who could end her reign.Long angered by the influx of mostly Muslim refugees crossing via Austria into his Alpine homeland, Merkel's hardline interior minister has threatened to openly defy her in what could end as a spectacular political suicide attack.The 68-year-old is keeping Germany on tenterhooks over his next move that could potentially send the government crashing, after he offered to resign durin...