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Germany: CDU secretary admits Maassen promotion was a mistake02:20

Germany: CDU secretary admits Maassen promotion was a mistake

Germany, Berlin
September 24, 2018 at 17:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

The decision to promote ex spy-chief Maassen was wrong and had to be corrected, CDU secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer admitted in Berlin on Monday, adding that the party presidium fully supports the position of Angela Merkel.

Kramp-Karrenbauer went on to say that the numerous crises and discussions between coalition heads since last year's elections have now come to an end and smooth government can resume.

"It's also a fact that the discussions have overshadowed what has been implemented so far from the coalition agreement during the recent months and weeks. And this should not be the case in the future anymore. And therefore we all fully agreed on the points of the statement [of Angela Merkel]. The party head [Angela Merkel] has full backup of the entire presidium," Kramp-Karrenbauer stated.

The statement came after coalition party heads took the decision to transfer Maassen from his position to the Interior Ministry, where he will serve as special advisor of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

Maassen was removed from his post after he had cast doubt on the authenticity of footage of alleged attacks on migrants in Chemnitz.

Germany: CDU secretary admits Maassen promotion was a mistake02:20
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The decision to promote ex spy-chief Maassen was wrong and had to be corrected, CDU secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer admitted in Berlin on Monday, adding that the party presidium fully supports the position of Angela Merkel.

Kramp-Karrenbauer went on to say that the numerous crises and discussions between coalition heads since last year's elections have now come to an end and smooth government can resume.

"It's also a fact that the discussions have overshadowed what has been implemented so far from the coalition agreement during the recent months and weeks. And this should not be the case in the future anymore. And therefore we all fully agreed on the points of the statement [of Angela Merkel]. The party head [Angela Merkel] has full backup of the entire presidium," Kramp-Karrenbauer stated.

The statement came after coalition party heads took the decision to transfer Maassen from his position to the Interior Ministry, where he will serve as special advisor of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

Maassen was removed from his post after he had cast doubt on the authenticity of footage of alleged attacks on migrants in Chemnitz.

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