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.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting her coalition partners late Tuesday in what's being described as a power struggle between the German leader and conservative forces in her own bloc.

The center-left Social Democrats and some in Merkel's party want her to fire the head of Germany's BfV agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, for playing down recent anti-migrant violence in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

Maassen, in office since 2012, has also been forced to deny having improper contacts with members of the far-right Alternative for Germany. That party and Germany's right-wing interior minister, Horst Seehofer, have backed Maassen.

Source: The Associated Press