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.
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'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.
NSA spying triggered a severe backlash from the German public, further damaging the US' reputation. But the BND has also been found with dirt on its hands. Spying among friends is not such an unusual practice in Berlin.
Gabriel has also called for conventional disarmament while meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow. President Putin has invited Chancellor Merkel to visit Moscow.
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