Members of a Bundestag committee probing NSA surveillance in Germany want to invite Edward Snowden to testify. Bringing the fugitive leaker to Berlin would greatly strain ties with the US, who wants him extradited to face trial.
The bill passed with a comfortable majority though representatives from both parties voted against it. President Trump sowed confusion prior to the vote, which is expected to pass the Senate before expiring next week.
They aren't known for their expedience, but Bundestag inquiries remain one of the most important tools for regulating the German government and federal agencies — and making the results public. DW examines how they work.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
The decision by Germany's Federal Court of Justice in favor of parliamentary minority rights - specifically in the Edward Snowden whistleblower case - is a good, solid verdict, writes Marcel Fürstenau.
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