The opposition is calling for an investigation after reports that the country's intelligence services knew the US was spying on Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has apologized for mistakes in the handling of the controversy over ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen. She says the coalition will now focus on "solving people's problems."
The coalition in Berlin has solved its crisis by promoting the disgraced domestic intelligence chief. With politics like this, Merkel and her coalition partners are promoting something else entirely, says Felix Steiner.
Ending an impasse in Angela Merkel's coalition, Hans-Georg Maassen is changing jobs. The move is a compromise between Social Democrats, who demanded his removal, and conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.
The heads of Germany's ruling coalition faced uproar after firing intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen only to immediately promote him. The issue seems far from settled as Angela Merkel agreed to reconsider the move.
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