The CDU presidium wants to exclude the controversial right-wing politician Hans-Georg Maassen from the party. The members unanimously voted for such a procedure, says CDU Vice President Andreas Jung. He rejects the allegations of a “smear campaign” against Maassen.
CDU presidium member Andreas Jung considers a party expulsion procedure against the former President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen, to be “inevitable”. The Presidium decided unanimously and with great clarity that Maassen’s statements and his “right-wing radicalization” were not compatible with the values of the CDU, said the CDU Vice on Monday on rbb24 Inforadio. “And that’s why it will be necessary to draw the consequences next Monday.”
On Sunday, the controversial former head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution allowed an ultimatum set by the CDU leadership to voluntarily leave the party to elapse, according to the CDU. According to Jung, the federal executive board wants to discuss the initiation of party exclusion proceedings on Monday (February 13). The CDU gave Maassen until Thursday to take a position.
However, Maassen expressly confirmed his line in a tweet on Sunday, said Jung. “So far it has not been apparent that he is moving away from his statements in any way, but on the contrary is back on it.”
Jung rejected Maassen’s accusation that a “smear campaign” had been going on against him for weeks. “The presidium of the CDU gave very objective advice. His statements were evaluated.” The evaluation of the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, was also taken into account. At the end of January, he had said that Maassen made “very radical statements” in appearance, “statements that I can only perceive in a similar way from the extreme right-wing of political endeavors”. Haldenwang also endorsed statements made by the federal government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, “who clearly sees anti-Semitic content here (…)”.
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