‘I was WRONG’ Merkel’s GROVELLING apology as Germany coalition TEETERS on brink

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel has been forced to issue a grovelling apology over her handling of the scandal involving Germany’s ex-intelligence chief.

Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Mrs Merkel’s government was plunged into crisis over allegations Hans-Georg Maassen, from Berlin’s spy agency BfV, held far-right sympathies.

The dispute threatened to derail Germany’s fragile coalition, which was formed just six months ago, and lead to Mrs Merkel’s demise.

The Chancellor sought to diffuse the row last week by sacking Mr Maassen.

But she agreed to let him take a better-paid job at Germany’s Interior Ministry, sparking a further public backlash.

In a frank admission yesterday, Angela Merkel said she had mishandled the fallout by failing to listen to the German people.

The centre-right leader said: “I did not focus enough on what moves, rightly, when they hear of someone’s promotion.

“I regret very much that that was allowed to happen. It is important that we now solve the problems of the people.”

Speaking about the coalition’s internal divisions, she added: “In many areas we have been too preoccupied with ourselves. That has to change.”

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