The most significant Basic Law commentary is published by CH Beck Verlag, who will no longer collaborate with Hans-Georg Maaßen. Maaßen’s comment in “Epping/Hillgruber” was “technically not inappropriate,” according to the legal publisher, who made the announcement. However, a contentious debate has developed with progressive polarization about the person and public remarks of Dr. Maassen, in which the incompatible perspectives have split off.

Maassen, a former leader of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, is now shown as a furious early retiree who makes outlandish political claims, hangs out with conspiracy theorists, and supports efforts to outlaw the Covid vaccine. Meanwhile, at CH Beck, he was able to inform judges of the rulings made by the highest courts regarding constitutional law by his commentary. Of all things, he was in charge of establishing the fundamental right to asylum in Articles 16 and 16a of the Basic Law.

Since numerous attorneys declared they were no longer available for comments because Maassen was the author, the publisher has been under pressure. Last week, a scathing article was published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s features section. CH Beck’s current conundrum is as follows: “Whether these beliefs and the individuals who hold them stand on the foundation of our free democratic basic order is an important criterion. Additionally, to maintain its impartiality, the publisher must refrain from participating in political debates or other conflicts.”

They reportedly split up with Hans-Georg Maassen on Tuesday before they did the same with him. CH Beck declares “As a result, we have made the decision to use our alternatives to end the publication agreement with Dr. Maassen. As a result, on January 17, 2023, Dr. Maassen personally ended it.”

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