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Germany

Minister Says Federal Police Move Is Undecided

German Interior Minister Otto Schily said on Tuesday that reports that he had changed his mind about moving the federal criminal bureau, or BKA, to Berlin were "totally false." The BKA currently has headquarters near Bonn and Wiesbaden, but a planned move to Berlin was reported months ago. "There has been no decision," Schily told the Associated Press in Berlin. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper had reported that the minister did not want to go through with the move. Instead, the report said, management and certain departments would move to Berlin, in order to better coordinate the fight against terrorism. The Bonn and Wiesbaden offices would remain in place, the FAZ report said. But Schily denied that any final decision has been made.

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