Constitutional protection chief Hans-Georg Maassen is apparently now released
and not as special advisor to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Out
Security circles, according to media reports, the ministry
prepare Maaßens resignation. Background is that Maaßen in one
Farewell speech whose manuscript is published in the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)
has been widely criticized and practiced in parts of the coalition
his controversial comments on the incidents in Chemnitz again
A ministry spokesman said the statements were under consideration. "After the examination, Minister Seehofer will draw the necessary conclusions," he continued. A decision is still pending. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday evening on the sidelines of a CSU party meeting in Munich: "At the moment I can say nothing to the matter." He was back in Berlin on Monday.
Controversy over the term "Hunt Hunt"
The dispute over Maassen had triggered a government crisis in September, which almost led to the breakup of the grand coalition. The issue was an interview with Maaßens imageNewspaper, in which he had said that he had "no reliable information" that in Chemnitz so-called hunts on foreigners took place. Rather, "good reason" for the fact that it is a relevant video "targeted misinformation in order to possibly distract the public from the murder in Chemnitz".
In Chemnitz, a 35-year-old German had been stabbed to death on August 26, and asylum seekers are suspected. As a result, there have been repeated right-wing and sometimes violent demonstrations and riots.
The SPD demanded because of the interview, the farewell Maassens as a constitutional protection chief. As a result, the coalition leaders initially agreed to replace the 55-year-old at the head of the secret service and appoint him Secretary of State. But this would have meant a promotion with a salary of more than 14,000 euros a month.
SPD leader Andrea Nahles had after agreeing with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Horst Seehofer (CSU) yet gave their consent to the measure. After massive public criticism, however, she acknowledged that she had made a mistake and asked Merkel and Seehofer for another regulation. Thereupon the tips of the coalition decided that Maaßen in the Home Office should be responsible for European and international tasks.