Three parties agreed on Sunday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen to a post of special adviser instead of state secretary as it was agreed between the coalition leaders before. Seehofer said Maassen would be focusing on European and International tasks, Spiegel reported.
Before the meeting, some members of the coalition had insisted that Maassen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role, yet Interior Minister Horst Seehofer declined to do so, as well as firing Maassen.
Seehofer said the coalition had agreed Maassen would work in the Interior Ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise. He said that this decision was the coalition’s response to the criticism on the initial proposal and inspired the coalition leaders. “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.”
SPD leader Andrea Nahles agreed, saying: “We have found a solution and it is a good signal that the coalition is in a position to take public criticism seriously and to correct itself.”
Maassen would be required to report directly to the Federal Minister. He will be responsible for the negotiation of agreements for the repatriation of asylum seekers, the common European social policy, agreements with African countries in refugee policy.