German minister refuses to bow to demands to fire scandal-hit official: Bild

Reuters , Saturday 22 Sep 2018

Merkel and Seehofer
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. (AFP)

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild newspaper he would not bow to demands to dismiss Hans-Georg Maassen, who was set to take up a senior role in the interior ministry after being ousted as spymaster.

On Friday a deal between the ruling coalition parties to give Hans-Georg Maassen a better-paid ministry job unravelled when Andrea Nahles, leader of the Social Democrats, said it was a mistake. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the three party leaders want to find a solution this weekend.

"I emphatically reject the accusation that he is right-wing or takes right-wing extremist positions," Seehofer told Bild newspaper of Maassen, adding: "I will therefore not dismiss him."

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