Soon he could become the supreme constitutional protector: Thomas Haldenvang.(Photo: imago / Reiner Zensen)
Monday, November 12, 2018
After weeks of disputes over the president of constitutional protection, everything should go fast: a week after the dismissal of Maassen, Interior Minister Seehofer proposes a successor.
Former Vice President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Thomas Haldenvang, leads the jurisdiction in the future. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he wants to propose the appointment of Haldenvang to the federal government. He replaces Hans-Georg Maassen, who was retired last week.
CSU politician Seehofer explained: "It is important for me to make this decision with all the partners in the coalition by a joint agreement." Only in this way can the government succeed in enabling BfV to re-focus on its core tasks and comprehensively perform its important role. "Mr Haldenwang is a proven expert and precisely for this task," Seehofer said.
Haldenvang, born in 1960, is a member of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution since 2009, according to the Ministry of the Interior. In the beginning, he worked as head of the Department of the Central Department, and since 2013 as vice-president. Previously, he worked in various areas of the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 1991. In government circles, there is much to hear about Haldenwang. It is considered calm, modest and ideologically disagreeable. Also, several members of the parliamentary committee for the control of the Bundestag, who will oversee secret services, praise his calm way.
The dispute over the withdrawal of his predecessor after controversial statements about radical right-wing incidents in Chemnitz caused major tensions in a major coalition. Seehofer did not follow the SPD's demands after dismissal at first, but he wanted to move Maasen to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. after Maasen accused the SPD of "left-wing forces" of wanting to demolish it, Seehofer decided in early November, but then also transferred the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to retire.