This was stated by the Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin. The outgoing constitutional protection chief Maaßen had again come under criticism for a controversial farewell speech.
In a farewell speech on 18 October in front of the "Berner Club", an international circle of European intelligence chiefs, Hans-Georg Maaßen had defended his controversial comments on the riots in Chemnitz. He also exercised massive criticism of the federal government, among other things, he spoke of "left-wing forces" in the SPD. He had the speech published in the intranet of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which made the statements known. Several politicians of the grand coalition then demanded that Maaßen retire immediately.
Hans-Georg Maaßen had taken office in August 2012 as President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. In the summer of 2018, he had come because of an interview in the criticism in which he had questioned the authenticity of a video for the right-wing riots in Chemnitz. His contacts with AfD politicians had also caused irritations. After weeks of strife, the governing coalition finally agreed that Maassen should change to the Federal Ministry of the Interior as a special advisor for European and international issues. Until the transfer to a successor, the 55-year-old but remained provisionally as head of the constitutional protection in office.
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