The SPD parliamentary group is demonstratively supporting Interior Minister Nancy Faeser before questioning in the Bundestag. The first parliamentary group leader, Katja Mast, told the German Press Agency that she looks at the dates calmly. “What’s going to come out of that?”

Faeser is scheduled to answer questions from the Interior Committee on Wednesday morning and then hold a question time in the Bundestag. The focus of both appointments is likely to be dealing with Arne Schönbohm, the former president of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Faeser is accused of having relieved Schönbohm of his duties without good reason.

Faeser is the SPD’s top candidate in Hesse

Faeser is the SPD’s top candidate in Hesse for the state elections on October 8th. Mast sees the Union’s criticism of Faeser as primarily “campaign noise”. “The fear of Nancy Faeser’s election victory in Hesse runs deep within the CDU,” she said. Mast praised Faeser as Interior Minister who is finally ushering in a paradigm shift in migration, who is making breakthroughs that the Union has not been able to achieve for decades and who is taking a hard hand against enemies of the constitution.

FDP sees Faeser appointment “too late”

FDP parliamentary group deputy Konstantin Kuhle criticized the fact that Interior Minister Faeser only appeared for a questioning in the Interior Committee after the third invitation. It would have been good if the questioning about the allegations surrounding the former President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Arne Schönbohm, could have taken place two or three weeks ago, said the domestic politician in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. “In this respect, the Interior Minister is too late.”

Faeser had recently canceled her participation in interior committee meetings on the topic twice. Kuhle also blames the election campaign in Hesse, where the minister is the top candidate. You can’t be Interior Minister permanently and campaign in Hesse, he said.

However, Kuhle, who is also a member of the Interior Committee, was confident that Faeser would succeed in dispelling the allegations. He criticized the Union for now bringing up the issue despite more important issues such as migration. “I don’t think the allegations are supported by evidence at the moment,” he said.