BERLIN, Aug. 17 (DPA / EP) –
The head of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has confirmed that the expulsion of party member and former intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen is being raised for doubting the veracity of xenophobic attacks in the country.
“You have to have very good reasons to expel someone from a party. But in the case of Maassen I don't see anything that really links him to the CDU,” said the party leader.
Kramp-Karrenbauer has stressed that, as a former Interior Minister of the federated state of Saarland, she is “glad that Mr. Maassen no longer has any responsibility in the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.”
“The CDU can accept that different opinions are expressed. But it is also a party that is characterized by a bourgeois conservative stance. Covering under the mantle of the CDU positions that support opposition parties and consider the co-religionists themselves as rivals is not acceptable.” , said the conservative leader.
Maassen was fired for controversial comments about xenophobic violence in the city of Chemnitz. The controversial former head of German Intelligence doubted that persecutions of foreigners had occurred during the far-right protests that followed the death of a young man in that German city, and publicly contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel herself.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer initially moved Maassen to a position in the Ministry of Interior in mid-September 2018, but later, in early November, the German government decided to retire him early.
Repeatedly, Maassen criticized the immigration policy of Merkel and the federal government.