From safety circles it was said on Sunday, the Ministry of the Interior is preparing for his dismissal, as Maassen had practiced in the manuscript of his farewell speech massive criticism of parts of the coalition and defended his controversial statements on "hunts" at a demonstration in Chemnitz.
Maaßen, who had also defended his statements in special sessions of the Parliamentary Panel on the Control of Intelligence and in the Interior Committee of the Bundestag, should actually be special advisor to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) for European and international tasks – with the same salary as before as BfV boss, in the rank of a department head. This transfer will no longer exist.
After controversial remarks by Maaßen on right-wing riots in Chemnitz, the grand coalition of the Union and the SPD had argued for weeks about its future. The case had almost led to the collapse of the coalition.
According to FOCUS-Online information, the Vice President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, Maaßens successor to the intelligence agency to compete. The decision was made by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). Haldenwang is considered a Maaßen confidant.