The Federal Intelligence Service, BND, is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany. It alerts the German government to threats to German interests from abroad.
The BND, directly subordinated to the Chancellor's Office, collects and evaluates information on issues ranging from terrorism to illegal transfer of technology to organized crime. Its headquarters are in Pullach near Munich, and Berlin. Its roughly 4,000 employees work in 300 locations in Germany and foreign countries. Here you can find all DW content referring to the BND.
Gerhard Schindler is leaving the BND before his term is over. The timing and circumstances of his departure are puzzling. And the government’s dealing in secrecy is doing little to build trust, says Marcel Fürstenau.
Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency chief is to be replaced prematurely, according to German media. The 63-year-old Gerhard Schindler has faced parliamentary grillings over his handling of the NSA affair.
Coordinated antiterrorism work by Germany's police and secret services has been described as 'excellent' by Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has visited a controversial German center in Berlin that assesses risks daily.