- The statements of the constitutional protection president Maaßen on Wednesday are not enough for the SPD: The party leadership and parliamentary group demand its dismissal. According to Maaßen, the government can no longer gather, says SPD board member Pistorius.
- Federal Interior Minister Seehofer, on the other hand, had previously backed Maaßen.
- Because of the coalition dispute to Maassen is apparently planned for the afternoon, a crisis meeting in the Chancellery.
The SPD leadership calls on Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), remove Presidency of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maaßen. "For the SPD party leadership is completely clear that Maaßen must go Merkel must act now," wrote SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil on Twitter with regard to Maaßens comments on xenophobic events in Chemnitz.
Also for the Lower Saxony Minister of the Interior Boris Pistorius (SPD) Maassen is no longer sustainable. "The conduct of Mr Maassen as head of agency for the protection of the Constitution falls back to the government as a whole, behind him you can no longer gather," he said South German newspaper, "We are no longer allowed to watch as SPD." Pistorius is also a member of the SPD party executive committee.
On Wednesday evening, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) was behind Maaßen, after both had been interviewed by the interior committee of the Bundestag. In his budget speech on Thursday morning Seehofer underpinned his decision, while the voices of the coalition partner were louder, which demanded dismissal of Maaßens. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is subordinate to Seehofer's Ministry of the Interior.
Juso chief Kevin Kühnert demanded that the coalition with the Union be questioned if Maassen remained in office. SPD faction vice Eva Högl said in the Bundestag, her party was not convinced that Maaßen could restore confidence in the security agency. "That's why we, and I say that for the SPD Group, unfortunately do not consider it the right person at the head of the constitutional protection." Under applause from party leader and party leader Andrea Nahles Högl added: "And Mr. Seehofer, therefore I ask you again to think about it, and Mrs. Chancellor, also you please at this point, to provide clarity."
Högl ruled in several interviews, however, a breach of the government alliance. The SPD will not leave the coalition because of Maassen, "because we have a lot more on the agenda, from rent to pension, care to the labor market, and we want to implement even in the next few years," she said in RBB ,
From the opposition, the Greens and the Left also demanded the dismissal of Maassens.
Because of the coalition dispute over Maassen SPD leader Nahles has canceled a press conference at short notice. Actually she should make a press statement at 13:00 at the Economic Forum of the SPD in Berlin, together with its President Michael Frenzel. As the news agency dpa learned from coalition and government circles, is for the afternoon a meeting of Chancellor Merkel with Nahles and CSU chief Seehofer planned for the cause Maaßen.
Seehofer is behind Maaßen
In an interview last week, the President of the German Constitutional Protection said that his authority had no reliable information for chases in Chemnitz. Also, there is no evidence that the circulating on the Internet, for the first time by "Antifa Zeckenbiss" uploaded video for "this alleged incident" is authentic. Critics accuse Maaßen of belittling the events in Chemnitz and of playing into the hands of right-wing groups or parties such as the AfD.
On Wednesday he was to the parliamentary control panel and the Interior Committee of the Bundestag answering questions. After several hours of meetings, Seehofer in the evening backed the intelligence chief and affirmed this in the Bundestag. Maaßen still has his confidence, the minister said. In the sessions, he had convincingly set out his actions. "He has been able to convincingly refute some conspiracy theories." At the same time he had clearly taken a position against right-wing radicalism.
Maaßen has been standing for some time because of contacts with the AfD in the criticism. On the basis of statements by an AfD drop-out, there is the accusation that he had given the party advice on how to avoid observation by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Maaßen has confirmed meetings with AfD politicians, a consultation but denied.
According to research of the ARD magazine "Contrasts" Maassen should have passed information from the 2017 Conservation Report already weeks before its publication to the AfD. Maaßen rejected these allegations. The ARD quoted the AfD politician Stephan Brandner, Maassen had told him at a meeting on June 13, figures from the report, which was "not yet published." "We talked about different numbers in there." The report did not appear until five weeks later. It was about Islamist endangerment and the budget of the constitution protection gone.