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Top German spy loses job after clashing with Merkel

By The Associated Press
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BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency is being replaced after clashing with Chancellor Angela Merkel over anti-migrant violence in the country.

Merkel's office released a short statement Tuesday saying the head of Germany's BfV spy agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, will be moved to a new position within the Interior Ministry.

The decision, which follows three-way talks between Merkel and the heads of two other parties in her governing coalition, is a defeat for conservatives in her Union bloc.

The center-left Social Democrats and some in Merkel's party had been calling for Maassen to be fired for playing down recent far-right violence in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

Maassen has also been criticized for alleged improper contacts with members of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, which he denies.

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