Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter has criticized Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) sharply and described in an interview as a security problem for the federal government. "The Minister of the Interior does not provide security, but has itself become a security problem," said Hofreiter of the Rheinische Post. Hofreiter also blamed the CSU leader for the coalition's critical political situation. "Just ten weeks after the last government crisis, we are experiencing the next one today," said the leader of the Greens in the Bundestag. The focus is "once again" Seehofer.
"Anyone who lied to the biggest Islamist attack in Germany, who wants to provide AfD with possibly internal information and distracts with crude expressions of right-wing extremist acts, instead of taking his role as head of the administration, can no longer be responsible for the protection of our constitution "Hofreiter told the newspaper A dismissal alone was not enough. "It needs a fundamental restart in the protection of the Constitution," said the Green politician. "It's about protecting the Constitution rather than damaging it."
Hofreiter referred to the debate on the protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen, which has become a test of stress for the grand coalition. While the SPD leadership demands the dismissal of Maaßens, the Federal Minister of the Interior is still his protection of the constitutional protection. His employer Horst Seehofer said after a personal statement Maaßens: "For personal consequences, there is no reason."
Maaßen is currently under pressure for his controversial statements in connection with riots in right-wing rallies in Chemnitz. In addition, his statements about the Christmas market attack on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz cast doubt on his credibility. According to media reports, the domestic intelligence service was apparently more involved in the case, as has been said so far – including by the President of the Constitution Protection Hans-Maassen. The SPD, the Greens and the Left Party have called for the resignation of the Chief of the Constitution, criticism is also from CDU and FDP. A decision on Maaßens remaining in office was adjourned after a peak meeting of the party leaders of the coalition in the evening, however, to the next week.