Latest reports suggest even Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by the US NSA spy agency. And two thirds of companies here are wide open to cyber espionage. Perhaps the scandal could spur a boom for the IT security industry.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets a warm welcome in China, while Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has to deal with an increasingly abrasive United States. These are testing times for Germany, says DW's Fabian von der Mark.
Germany's foreign intelligence service was hardly innocent in the NSA spying scandal. The consequences drawn from that fact are dubious and no guarantee for more security in fighting terrorism, says Marcel Fürstenau.
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.
Germany's ruling coalition has agreed on a draft budget for 2017 that foresees higher spending on security, espionage and foreign aid. More funds are also earmarked to fight the root causes of the migrant crisis.
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