Confusion and criticism led to the change of the chairman of the German Constitutional Commissioner for the protection of Hans-Georg Maaßen at the Minister of the Interior of the opposition, as well as some SPD politicians and abroad. The secretaries-general of the two coalition parties, however, expressed satisfaction with the solution. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that the government could now continue its work, a "message we were happy about". There are now "many things to do" that interest people more than a personality, the CDU Secretary General heute journal the ZDF.
SPD secretary-general Lars Klingbeil also apparently wants to conclude with the subject. The coalition must finally return to the labor market, because of such a dispute the government will not crack, said the SPD-Generalsektreär in the ARDTagesthemes, "We must finally get out of this permanent crisis mode." In the ZDFheute journal Klingbeil commented on the transfer of Maaßens to a higher-paid job: "You do not have to talk about it, that is a very remarkable decision that Mr. Seehofer has taken". After all, it became clear that Maaßen also had the confidence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) lost. "A federal Minister of Internal Affairs of the SPD would not have brought Mr Maassen into his ministry," Klingbeil said.
Juso boss Kevin Kühnert said earlier: "My personal pain threshold has been reached." For the SPD If the & # 39; price is too high for the survival of the coalition & # 39 ;, Kühnert says in the ARDTagesthemesAfter all, the party succeeded that Maassen is no longer the head of the constitution.
"This shows the inclusion of the CSU"
The deputy SPD chairman Ralf Stegner also challenged the big coalition. "The patience with this big coalition is extremely thin in the SPD," said Stegner, the German press agency. Stegner clearly made Seehofer responsible for Maaßens promotion. "This is a seriously wrong decision that will fall on the whole policy on its feet," said Stegner at the Reuters agency. "This is also demonstrated by the feeling of detachment from the CSU: in coalitions, parties decide on their own personnel in the departments themselves."
The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, sees the authority of Merkel severely damaged. "The chancellor's authority has suffered considerable damage from the conflicts with the CSU leaders," said the SPD politician. Rheinische PostCertain things should not be offered by a chancellor. The transport Maaßens "throws a bad light on the attitude of Horst Seehofer and the assertiveness of Angela Merkel". Clearer words of criticism were found by the EPD member of the parliament Florian Post. "The so-called agreement in the case of Maassen is a joke – better yet a smear theater, and we do it too," said the Munich delegate to the editorial network Germany. FDP vice party leader Michael Theurer noted that the federal government was "only real satire".
Earlier, the opposition parties had criticized Maassens's new post loudly. Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt called the process "an incomprehensible Mauschelei". "Those who reward unfaithful behavior and cuddle with the AfD instead of punishing have lost all sense of decency and the SPD does everything." Left party leader Dietmar Bartsch called the de facto promotion Maaßens, which is supported by the SPD "a farce".
Meanwhile there were praise from various AFD politicians Hans-Georg Maassen, AFD party leader Alice Weidel agreed with her chairman Alexander Gauland and called Maassen a "meritorious head of the agency". His replacement shows "how urgent it is to finally overcome the Merkel system".
"Spies must be invisible"
Even in international media, the change of the German intelligence commander was commented on. So it wrote New York Times"Spies are paid to be invisible – they must stay under the radar of the public and out of political struggle." The spy of Germany has failed one or the other. "
The British guardian sat down with Maaßen's contact with AFD apart. "The Chemnitz affair is not the first time that Maaßen is accused of pursuing a soft line against right-wing extremists Within AFD, an exposé in which former group chairman Franziska Schreiber reports on his contact with the then party chairman Frauke Petry. Maaßen admitted having met Petry, but refused to give her advice. & # 39;
the Washington Post sees Maassens resigned as "another example of Merkel's ability to fend off challengers." But the case also reveals how vocally its opponents have become and how much its immigration policy has polarized the country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) and SPD leader Andrea Nahles had previously agreed to occupy the main post of constitutional protection. Seehofer wants to announce Wednesday which Maaßen will be responsible for the Ministry of the Interior in the future.