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.
The respected news magazine "Spiegel" has reported that Germany's BND spied both on international police agencies and media outlets for years. The latest revelations come as a result of another spy scandal in the US.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she stands by her 2013 complaint that "spying among friends" is unacceptable - as well as questionable activities by German Intelligence. She also answered questions about the NSA allegedly spying on her phone.
The panel investigating possible NSA wrongdoing in connection with German authorities will not have access to the NSA's so-called "selectors" list. An appeal led by opposition politicians failed at Germany's top court.