Merkel Declines to Confirm Report She Has Decided to Fire Top Spy

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A convoy carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel drives along a street in Algiers
A convoy carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel drives along a street in Algiers, Algeria September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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ALGIERS (Reuters)

Angela Merkel said on Monday she had nothing to add to what she had already said about Germany’s embattled domestic intelligence chief after newspaper Die Welt reported the chancellor had decided he must go

Merkel said on Friday that her coalition would not break apart over the future of Hans-Georg Maassen, who has come under fire after he cast doubt on the authenticity of video footage showing far-right protesters chasing migrants after the fatal stabbing of a German man.

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured inside a vehicle during her visit to Algiers
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured inside a vehicle during her visit to Algiers, Algeria September 17, 2018.REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

 

Asked if the report in Die Welt was correct, Merkel told a news conference: “I can only repeat what I said on Friday, which remains valid and there is nothing more to add.”

 

(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr)

 

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