Berlin (dpa) - Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) does not find the candidacy of ex-Constitutional Protection President Hans-Georg Maassen for the Bundestag problematic.

"It is his right to seek a mandate," said Seehofer of the German press agency.

As the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution at the time, Maaßen had come under massive criticism because he had doubted that foreigners would be “hunted down” after the killing of a German in Chemnitz.

In November 2018, Seehofer put him into temporary retirement.

"I can only say that I was very satisfied with his work," Seehofer told the dpa.

He has "no reason to doubt his (measure) attitude in favor of our free and democratic basic order".

The fact that he retired Maassen at that time "has a completely different cause, namely the repetition of statements that he had regretted before the Interior Committee of the German Bundestag".

As a minister, he could not accept this behavior.


Maassen was nominated by four CDU district associations as a direct candidate for the Bundestag in southern Thuringia at the end of April.

This has been heavily criticized in some cases within the Union, but also by other parties.

Maaßen is controversial in parts of the CDU because of his critical stance on the federal government's liberal refugee policy in 2015 and 2016.

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