Maaßen rejects allegations of anti-Semitism | Free press

Climate activist Luisa Neubauer accuses Hans-Georg Maaßen of “Anne Will” of referring to anti-Semitic blogs. He dismisses the allegations as unfounded.

Berlin / Erfurt (dpa) – Former federal constitutional protection president Hans-Georg Maaßen (CDU) has dismissed climate activist Luisa Neubauer’s allegations that he was spreading anti-Semitic content as groundless.

“For me, these are groundless and paperless allegations that I strongly reject,” Maassen told the German news agency on Monday. Neubauer had no evidence whatsoever to support their claims.

According to Maaßen, there is something to be said about everyone these days. “It is a brutalization of political discourse that should be noted.”

On Sunday evening, Neubauer had accused Maassen in the ARD program ‘Anne Will’ of distributing the content of anti-Semitic blogs. CDU boss and chancellor candidate Armin Laschet – also in the panel discussion – replied, “Anti-Semitism would not be acceptable”. And further: “I tell you, he is not an anti-Semite and does not spread anti-Semitic texts and if he did, it would be a reason to be excluded from the party.”

Maassen praised Laschet’s attitude. ‘I understand Mr Laschet, his approach is correct. There should be no place for anti-Semites in the CDU. “

The former president of the Constitutional Protection Office was nominated by four CDU district associations as a direct candidate for the Bundestag in South Thuringia in late April. This has been strongly criticized in some cases within the Union, but also by other parties. Maaßen is controversial in parts of the CDU for his critical stance on the federal government’s liberal refugee policies in 2015 and 2016.

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