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Germany: Seehofer under fire from lobbyists at CSU Nuremberg conference01:40

Germany: Seehofer under fire from lobbyists at CSU Nuremberg conference

Germany, Nuremberg
December 15, 2017 at 17:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Christian Social Union (CSU) leader and current Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer was greeted by protests from farmers and businesspeople at his party's annual conference in Nuremburg on Friday.

Outside the convention centre, farmers expressed their concern over the decision by the European Commission to approve the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which critics believe causes cancer.

Protesters want to pressurise the the CSU and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) into revoking their license.

Once inside the convention centre Seehofer and CSU Secretary General Andreas Scheuer encountered businesspeople sceptical of another grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The Minister President of Bavaria sought to play down their fears.

"The Jamaica coalition, when you look at it, we could have worked well with it. And you can be confident that the same basis applies for the SPD," Seehofer said.

The CSU party conference was supposed to take place in November but was postponed for the duration of the 'Jamaica coalition' talks which ended in failure. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to speak to party members on Friday afternoon.

Germany: Seehofer under fire from lobbyists at CSU Nuremberg conference01:40
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Christian Social Union (CSU) leader and current Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer was greeted by protests from farmers and businesspeople at his party's annual conference in Nuremburg on Friday.

Outside the convention centre, farmers expressed their concern over the decision by the European Commission to approve the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which critics believe causes cancer.

Protesters want to pressurise the the CSU and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) into revoking their license.

Once inside the convention centre Seehofer and CSU Secretary General Andreas Scheuer encountered businesspeople sceptical of another grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The Minister President of Bavaria sought to play down their fears.

"The Jamaica coalition, when you look at it, we could have worked well with it. And you can be confident that the same basis applies for the SPD," Seehofer said.

The CSU party conference was supposed to take place in November but was postponed for the duration of the 'Jamaica coalition' talks which ended in failure. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to speak to party members on Friday afternoon.

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