Citing Germany’s outgoing domestic spy chief issue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two coalition allies have signed an agreement to resolve the issue and the government has been asked to return to business. As per the chancellery, through this agreement, they agreed that Hans-Georg Maaßen, 55, who has left the post of chief of the BfV security agency, be appointed a special representative for internal security.
However, the new job in the Ministry of Interior does not come with a wage increment or increase in the status. The proposal before giving to Maaßen, a more senior post of the State Secretary gathered the public outcry. Now, the government has been asked to get back to business following the feud which has dominated German politics for almost a month. Union faction leader Volker Kauder (CDU) told in Berlin that “We should do everything in our power to reach decisions in the Bundestag this autumn.”
He further said: “I am thinking in particular of improvements in nursing care, the creation of affordable living space, and the strengthening of pensions. It must be an autumn of concrete progress for citizens”.
While, SPD vice-president Ralf Stegner told on Monday, “Now the coalition must pull itself together and show what it can do when it comes to rent, care, pensions and other things”.
Maaßen’s statement on racist mob violence in the eastern city of Chemnitz last month strongly demanded Maaßen’s resignation. But, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the conservative Bavarian CSU had defended the spy master.
The three party leaders met on Sunday to resolve the tricky issue. Nahles called the new solution to this issue a good signal “that the coalition is in a position to take public criticism seriously and to correct itself”.
Maaßen will not be promoted to the new space and SPD Secretary Gunther Adler will remain in his post.”All in all, the basis has been laid for us to return to the subject of work now,” said Nahles.
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