German Ex-Intelligence Chief Forced into Retirement after Blasting ‘Radical Left’ in Farewell Speech
Hans-Georg Maassen has lambasted Germany’s “naive” and “leftist” migrant policy in an farewell address to international intelligence agencies.
Hans-Georg Maassen, the controversial former chief of Germany’s domestic intelligence, has been forced into retirement after he slammed “radical left” elements in the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in his farewell address to members of international intelligence agencies.
Earlier this year, Maassen caused outrage by questioning the authenticity of video footage reportedly showing far right activists chasing people of migrant background during recent far right and neo-Nazi outbursts in the East German city of Chemnitz.
Even though he was removed as chief of the BfV, the domestic intelligence, he was given a new job by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU.
The move caused further tensions Germany’s ruling coalition because of SPD’s staunch position against Maassen’s reappointment.
The former chief Germany’s domestic intelligence, the BfV, was put on “non-active status” by Seehofer on Monday because Maassen had made “unacceptable remarks” in a farewell speech to representatives of international intelligence agencies given on October 18, 2018, DW reports.
Seehofer had earlier backed Maassen but now he declared “cooperation based on mutual trust” was no longer possible in light of the latter’s remarks.
In his address, Maassen decried “radical left-wing elements” in the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the junior partner in the ruling coalition.
He stated that the “radical left” had seized the chance to stir tensions in the governing coalition when he made his controversial remarks about the far right outbursts in Chemnitz.
The former head of the BfV, however, also lambasted Germany’s policies on accepting refugees and other migrants as “naive” and “leftist” on security grounds.
After his sacking from the BfV, Maassen was originally appointed by Seehofer a state secretary in the Interior Ministry, a position with the rank of a deputy minister and a higher pay grade.
When this caused further outcry, he was instead made a consultant reporting directly to the Interior Minister. After his farewell address remarks, Seehofer officially put him on “non-active status”.
Since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, Germany is estimated to have received over 1.6 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
(Banner image: Video grab from DW)