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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
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  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
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  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
  • Author: Jon Shelton
  • Sympathies for the right?

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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
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  • Sympathies for the right?

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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
  • Author: Jon Shelton
  • Sympathies for the right?

Back to work 

Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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1. Russia from mikenova (112 sites): Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian ‘Siloviki’ Leaders Worried by Putin’s Course Seeking a New Direction, ‘Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya’ Says

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Staunton, September 24 – Rumors are circulating in Moscow that the most senior leaders of Russia’s force structures are worried about Vladimir Putin’s current course regarding pension reforms, see the election results as confirmation of their worries that the regime faces increasing opposition from the population, and are now demanding that the Kremlin change course.

These rumors were given real shape by blogger Aleksey Ivanov in an article last week in the nationalist newspaper Zavtra, the editors of the nationalist Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya portal say. (For Ivanov’s article, see zavtra.ru/events/siloviki_i_pensionnaya_reforma; for RNL’s commentary, see ruskline.ru/news_rl/2018/09/24/siloviki_nedovolny_putinym/.)

According to the Russian blogger, rumors about siloviki concerns regarding the pension reform have been circulating all summer; but they have taken on new form and urgency because of the losses that the government’s United Russia Party suffered – and fears among the siloviki that still worse political changes are ahead.

Sources say, Ivanov wrote, that “on the basis” of the election results, Nikolay Patrushev and former defense minister Sergey Ivanov are saying that the pension reform plan must be cancelled lest it become “a long-term source of political instability” and even a direct threat to the regime.

According to the Zavtra article, Parushev, Ivanov, Belousov, and Glazyev share that view. Volodin, Sobyanin and Chemezov are close to it. Supporters of continuing the planned increase in the pension age include Kudrin, Siluanov, Golikova, Nabiullina, Sechin, Miller, Rotenbeerg, Timbechenko, Kobalchuk, Shuvalov, Gref, Turchak, and Oreshkin.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev occupies “a special position.” He favors going ahead but wants to make sure that he is not made the fall guy for the program, Ivanov wrote.

“Our ‘Red patriots,’” Russkaya narodnaya liniya argues, “base their constructions on the idea that the pension reform is not a domestic Russian problem but part of a global strategy for the final transformation of the Russian Federation into a raw materials supplier” for the rest of the world.

By destroying popular support for the government and for “Putin personally,” the pension reform plan could easily lead to “the final loss of sovereignty by the Russian Federation.” In that event, the silovikiknow, “they would be the first to be physically destroyed because the final transformation of the Russian Federation into a raw materials colony would be accompanied by the replacement of the existing administrative system.”

The day after the Zavtra article appeared, a Russian blogger argued that the siloviki leaders see themselves as an integral part of the current system and do not want to see any fundamental change in the system. Policies may have to be sacrificed, however, in order to save the situation (gala-gala15.livejournal.com/845116.html).

Specifically, he said, “for the siloviki, a change in the status quo as a result of a growth in conflict between the authorities and the people, something capable of leading to a revolt leading to the reformation of the entire system and even its defeat” is a personal threat because unlike the liberals, the siloviki couldn’t decamp to the West.

According to Russkaya narodnaya liniya, the leaders of the force structures are demanding not only a change in policy but the removal of the representative of “the liberal market block from power” lest the latter use popular anger as a means of advancing themselves into power.

The siloviki argue, the portal says, that they can in fact purge these people, something the liberals can’t do in return.  “Apparently, the portal continues, “the powers that be are beginning to understand” this situation” especially in the wake of the electoral defeats of the previously ruling United Russia Party.

And at least one possibility that points to is the formation of a new “right-conservative party” which would replace United Russia and do battle with the liberals in order to defend the state and ensure a continuing role for the current siloviki.

In the hothouse atmosphere that is Moscow, such rumors are inevitable; and by their very nature, they are seldom confirmed and often contradicted. But there is a logic to what Zavtra and Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya say, a logic that may in fact be working its way in the minds of the Kremlin elite.

To the extent that is possible, it suggests that the split in the Russian power elite the West had hoped to provoke with its sanctions is in fact the result of a self-inflicted wound by the Putin Administration.  And to the extent that is so, those within the regime who are challenging the Kremlin leader on pension reform are in a stronger and much more threatening position.

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Moscow announced plans to supply Syria with an air-defense system, a move that follows the downing of a Russian plane last week, which the Kremlin blamed on Israel and escalated tensions in the region, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday to discuss recent news stories, including Friday’s New York Times report that Rosenstein had proposed wearing a wire in the White House and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. (See Jack Goldsmith’s analysis of the Times story on Lawfare). The White House’s announcement of the Thursday meeting followed a series of conflicting reports that left journalists uncertain about Rosenstein’s status within the administration, writes the Times.

A UK detective who investigated Russian money laundering in Britain has stated that he was ordered to drop the investigation by a more senior official linked to the Foreign Office, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accused the U.S. of allying with an unspecified Persian Gulf country to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade on Saturday, which left dozens dead or injured, saysthe Times. The attack was claimed by both the Islamic State and an Arab separatist group.

A U.S.Navy surveillance flight over the South China Sea showed that seven shoals have been turned into Chinese military bases in the last five years—a change that points to Beijing’s growing dominance in the region, reports the Times.

A recent presidential election in the Maldives yielded surprising results, with the opposition leader announcing victory over the authoritarian incumbent. This change in administration could result in better relations between the Maldives and the West, reports the Washington Post.

Amidst a wave of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, a few items key to U.S. manufacturers have been provided exemptions, such as ibuprofen (90 percent of which comes from China). These exemptions point to potential economic vulnerabilities for U.S. corporations, reports the Wall Street Journal.

ICYMI: Last Weekend on Lawfare

Brenna Gautam and Julia Solomon-Strauss provided a comprehensive summary of last week’s military commission proceedings in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al. concerning Col. Keith Parrella’s replacement of Col. James Pohl as the presiding military judge, discovery motions, witness Lieutenant Doug Newman’s examination.

Jen Patja Howell posted the latest  edition of the Lawfare podcast, in which Elsa Kania, an adjunct fellow at the Center for New American Security, discussed a recent report on China’s effort to dominate the field of quantum mechanics.

Matthew Kahn analyzed the hurdles to removing a president under the 25th amendment, and discussed why the strategy is not viable for all but the most extreme cases.

Gregory D. Johnsen assessed the ongoing conflict in Yemen and described the three wars it is the country is facing: the struggle against terrorism; the civil war; and the regional struggle encompassing Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices

1. US Security from mikenova (85 sites)

Counterintelligence from mikenova (50 sites): william evanina – Google News: OPINION: China Steals $600 Billion From American IP Yearly; Trump’s Tariffs Can Stop Them – The Daily Caller
OPINION: China Steals $600 Billion From American IP Yearly; Trump’s Tariffs Can Stop Them
The Daily Caller
Finally, Obama’s director of the Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina estimated back in 2015 that cyber-espionage cost America’s economy some $400 billion annually. This number was extrapolated from voluntary reporting from 140 …

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william evanina – Google News

Counterintelligence from mikenova (50 sites)

1. Russia from mikenova (112 sites): В мире – Новости Google: Президенты США и Южной Кореи подписали договор о свободной торговле – РБК

Комсомольская правда
Президенты США и Южной Кореи подписали договор о свободной торговле
РБК
Президент США Дональд Трамп и глава Южной Кореи Мун Чжэ Ин подписали новый договор о свободной торговле между странами, передает CNBC. В рамках соглашения Сеул вдвое (с 25 до 50 тыс.) увеличит количество автомобилей американских производителей, которые допустят …
Новый саммит США-КНДР пройдет в прежнем формате, но вряд ли снова в Сингапуре, сказал ТрампNEWSru.com
Дональд Трамп сообщил о скорой встрече с Ким Чен ЫномКоммерсантъ
Трамп объявил об «огромном прогрессе» по КНДРВзгляд
Интерфакс –Российская Газета –Газета.Ru –Телеканал “Звезда”
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В мире – Новости Google

1. Russia from mikenova (112 sites)

1. US Security from mikenova (85 sites): Defense One – All Content: An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace US Air Force Hueys
The selection of the Boeing-Leonardo MH-139 ends a years-long quest to replace the 1970s-era UH-1Ns.

Defense One – All Content

1. US Security from mikenova (85 sites)

Counterintelligence from mikenova (50 sites): Defense One – All Content: An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace US Air Force Hueys
The selection of the Boeing-Leonardo MH-139 ends a years-long quest to replace the 1970s-era UH-1Ns.

Defense One – All Content

Counterintelligence from mikenova (50 sites)

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