German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to issue an apology over her scandal involving the Germany’s ex-intelligence chief. Merkel’s government was into crisis and allegations that Hans-Georg Maassen from Berlin’s Spy agency BfV held right sympathies.
This also threatened to derail Germany’s already fragile coalition government that was formed just six months ago and that lead to Mrs Merkel’s dismiss. These chancellors sough to diffuse that in a row for last week by Mr Maassen.
But she agreed for a better paying job for him at Germany’s interior Ministry that led to a further backlash in public. On Monday, she said that she mishandled this fallout a failed to listen to her German people.
The centre-right leader said: “I did not focus enough on what moves, rightly, when they hear of someone’s promotion.”
“I regret very much that that was allowed to happen. It is important that we now solve the problems of the people.”
Speaking about the coalitions and the internal divisions, she added: “In many areas we have been too preoccupied with ourselves. That has to change.”
This scandal was erupted when Mr Maassen started to question about the reports that the far-right protesters and hounded the migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.
His comments made it odds with Mrs Merkel and who said from Chemnitz “very clearly revealed hate” which could not be tolerated at all.
The far-right violence, the worst seen in Germany in decades, followed the fatal stabbing of a German man that was blamed on two migrants.
Mr Maassen has not commented in public about the allegations against him.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “She said very clearly that the first decision was a mistake, and I think that’s a sign of strength.”
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