This week in politics: Maaßen’s resignation illuminates a weakening coalition

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The head of Germany’s intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, has resigned over his controversial statements following violence in Chemnitz, but his critics are not satisfied. We spoke to the Executive Editor of the Berlin Policy Journal, Henning Hoff, about what this means for the governing coalition.

Hoff says Maaßen is being “kicked upstairs” to a job at the Interior Ministry: “I think what we actually saw was another coup attempt by our Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, on the Chancellor.”

In addition, Andrea Nahles, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is facing criticism within her own party for not preventing the “promotion” of Maaßen. Hoff adds: “It’s a very difficult time to govern Germany right now with the parties, they’re all…in a sort of semi-hysterical state.”

 

 

 

 

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