Thomas de Maiziere is a German politician the conservative CDU party. He is seen as a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
De Maiziere was born in 1954 in Bonn as the son of a Bundeswehr officer. His French name stems from his Huguenot protestant ancestors, who fled France for asylum in Prussia in the late 17th century, has served as the Federal Minister of the Interior and previously as chief of staff of the German Chancellery and Minister of Defense. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Thomas de Maiziere.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has confirmed that an asylum seeker wanted in connection to a deadly attack in Tunis is to be deported. The man was arrested on suspicion of planning an attack in Germany.
As thousands of refugees walked to Germany in September 2015, Merkel's government was ready to close the border, a report has found. The plan was stopped at the last minute only because no one wanted the responsibility.
The chairman of the Social Democrats (SPD) has said a comprehensive approach to the migrant crisis had to involve the return of refugees to North Africa. His words echoed sentiments made by Germany's interior minister.