Top German security official keeping post, drops party job

Europe 11/12/18, 07:45

Germany's interior minister on Monday denied reports that he was planning on stepping down as the nation's top security official but said he will relinquish his post as leader of the sister party to that of Chancellor Angela Merkel.Horst Seehofer told reporters at an event in the eastern city of ...

Update: Germany appoints new head of intelligence agency

Europe 11/12/18, 06:39

The Latest on reports that Germany's top security official, Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, is set to quit (all times local):11:35 a.m.Germany's interior ministry is naming a long-time civil servant to head the country's domestic intelligence agency.In a statement, the ministry confirmed reports that Thomas Haldenwang would replace outgoing spy chief ...

New controversy over Germany’s outgoing domestic spy chief

Europe 11/05/18, 07:33

A political controversy over Germany's outgoing domestic intelligence chief that hurt the country's government has taken a new twist, with his move to another job apparently in danger.Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition agreed in September to remove Hans-Georg Maassen from the BfV spy agency and make him a "special adviser" to ...

Update: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

Europe 09/23/18, 14:35

The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local):8:25 p.m.Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief.Horst Seehofer said Sunday ...

German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

Europe 09/23/18, 12:28

The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition were trying Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance.The center-left Social Democrats want Hans-Georg Maassen removed for appearing to downplay recent violence against migrants, but conservative Interior Minister Horst ...

Germans angry over spy chief’s promotion after comments

Europe 09/21/18, 12:15

A spat over Germany's domestic intelligence chief flared up again Friday, after a center-left party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said it wanted to nix a deal that saw the spy promoted out of office.Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles said she wrote to other members of the coalition government to ...

German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov’t

World 09/20/18, 07:14

A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.Hans-Georg Maassen was removed as head of the BfV intelligence agency after Merkel's center-left coalition partners, the ...

Top German spy awaits his fate as party leaders meet

World 09/18/18, 08:51

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany's three governing parties are meeting in Berlin to decide the fate of the country's domestic intelligence chief amid calls for him to be fired over his approach to far-right extremism.

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