First Social Democrats appeal to SPD leader Andrea Nahles to terminate the grand coalition, should be Chief of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maassen stay in office. "We are at a point where we should draw a red line," said Juso boss Kevin Kühnert mirror, The SPD could "not just continue to work in the government" if the constitutional protection president remains in office.
Kühnert calls on German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), according to the magazine, she must now find a way to dismiss Maassen. Otherwise, the coalition partner would have to draw conclusions. This is "also a matter of self-esteem: if we let it pass through Maassen and the CSU, to spread conspiracy theories, we would legitimize the dramatic discourse shift to the right," said Kühnert.
The Juso chief warned the SPD against accepting a break in political culture. "The time of the exhortations is over, we are not experiencing a silly coalition crash, but a serious taboo break," said Kühnert.
The Bavarian SPD Bundestag MP Florian Post said that the SPD has now reached "a credibility issue". A resignation of Maassen or Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is inevitable. "We have to demand that, with all the consequences – including the collapse of the coalition," said Post mirror,
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had made in the evening in the dispute over its controversial statements on the riots of Chemnitz behind intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen. He sees no reason for consequences, said the CSU leader in a meeting of the Interior Committee of the Bundestag. Politicians of the SPD and the Greens had criticized the decision after the meeting.
Green considers Maaßen to be "not sustainable"
SPD domestic politician Eva Högl said her party had "strong doubts" as to whether Maaßen was the right man for this responsible job. It lost a lot of trust. Even the Green politician Konstantin von Notz saw the public reputation massively damaged. The Green parliamentarian Irene Mihalic complained that Maassen use a "right-wing conspiracy theory". It was incomprehensible why he had embarked on the subject of hunts in contradiction to the Federal Chancellery. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is in their opinion in a deep confidence crisis. In addition, it is to be feared that Maassen will continue to act politically via statements in the media. "That's why Mr. Maassen at the head of the Federal Office is not acceptable to us," said Mihalic.
Maaßen had speculated after the riots in Chemnitz about a disinformation campaign. In one imageHe had questioned the authenticity of information about possible hunts in an interview. He contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), government spokesman Steffen Seibert, eyewitnesses and journalists who were there. As a result, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (Christian Social Union) May justify his doubts. This he did on Monday in a four-page report to Seehofer. It states that Maaßen has never claimed "that the video has been forged, falsified or manipulated".