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    Divided German leaders to meet next week over spymaster's future

    The leaders of Germanyís ruling parties said they would meet on Tuesday to try to agree whether the embattled head of the domestic intelligence agency should keep his job, coalition sources told Reuters.

    Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), has been under fire since a newspaper interview last week in which he questioned the authenticity of video footage showing right-wing extremists hounding migrants.
    The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), coalition partners of Chancellor Angela Merkelís conservatives, want to fire Maassen. Conservative interior minister Horst Seehofer says he sees no reason to do so.
    Merkel, Seehofer and SPD leader Andrea Nahles met at the chancellery for two hours on Thursday, but agreed to maintain silence on the issue until a follow-up meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the sources said.

    More at: https://in.reuters.com/article/germa...-idINKCN1LT0W2
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    Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency failed for months to act on reports from officials in two states voicing concerns about local youth chapters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.The report could strengthen calls for the ouster of BfV president Hans-Georg Maassen, whose critics say he has downplayed anti-migrant violence in the eastern city of Chemnitz and have questioned his relationship with far-right politicians.
    Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who heads the Bavarian conservatives, will meet again on Tuesday to discuss Maassen's fate with Andrea Nahles, the head of the Social Democratic coalition partner, who has called for the spymaster to be fired.
    "Mr. Maassen needs to go, and I tell you, he will go," Nahles told reporters late on Saturday.


    Maassen's ties to the far-right have been questioned in the past. This year, a former leader of the AfD's youth wing, Franziska Schreiber, said Maassen had advised ex-AfD leader Frauke Petry on how the party could avoid being put under surveillance by his agency. He has denied giving such counsel.
    Then last week, the BfV was forced to deny a report by public broadcaster ARD that Maassen had told an AfD lawmaker about parts of a report from his agency before it was published.
    The newest allegations, to be published by Bild am Sonntag on Sunday, center on reports sent by state security officials in Bremen and Lower Saxony to Maassen's agency about the AfD youth chapters in their state, and their suspected ties to extremists.
    Both states have put the AfD groups under surveillance, but their reports "were left untouched at the BfV headquarters for six months", the newspaper quoted a senior intelligence source as saying. It said the BfV had no response to queries.
    It was not immediately clear if or when those reports were brought to the attention of Maassen.
    Maassen, meanwhile, is pressing to more than double his staff to 6,000 people by 2021, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday, citing sources at the interior ministry.

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/embattled...120445401.html

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    Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to fire Germany’s domestic intelligence chief as she thinks he has meddled in day-to-day politics by questioning her condemnation of far-right protests, Die Welt reported, pushing her cabinet into another clash over migration toward a showdown, and potentially into yet another government crisis.
    Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the BfV which runs Germany's domestic intelligence and is the federal agency that tracks and combats "anti-democratic extremists", has come under fire after he cast doubt on the authenticity of video footage showing far-right protesters chasing migrants after the fatal stabbing of a German man, Reuters reported.

    Maassen publicly defied Merkel by suggesting that an August video of far-right unrest in eastern Germany that she described as "hunting" of foreigners might be fake. And while Merkel’s Social Democratic coalition partner quickly pressed her and the interior ministry (which oversees the BfV) to fire Maassen, but Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, and former Merkel ally, has publicly backed Hans-Georg Maassen.
    This latest crisis shows how "barely six months into her fourth term, Merkel’s renewed power struggle with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer shows how fallout from the 2015-16 migration crisis is stalking her government and shaping her legacy" according to Bloomberg.
    Why is this seen as another crisis for Merkel's troubled cabinet? Because if Merkel does pull the trigger and fires Maassen, that would disavow Seehofer, who heads Bavaria’s ruling CSU party and has been the main domestic critic of her decision to keep Germany’s borders open. To be sure, there is already at least one precedent: Merkel stared down Seehofer in a government crisis this summer over turning back asylum seekers at the border, and won even though Seehofer could have held out and collapsed Merkel's cabinet.

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    Breaking News: Maassen was actually NOT fired, but promoted "upwards" as a state secretary in the Ministry of the Interior, ie a top level bureaucrat directly under the Minister. Department "Security".
    That is actually quite intelligent, much better than pensioning him off, as then he might have been regarded as a martyr and would have been free to charge against Merkel. Although I do not believe he would have done so.
    Face saving for everybody, although a bit boring for the sensationalists among us. As his old and new direct boss, Seehofer has got a relatively limited life expectance (politically), it will be interesting to see if Maassen survives his boss.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankindÖitís people I canít stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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