In the traditional pre-summer press conference for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, just one topic seemd to be on journalists' minds: US surveillance operations in Germany.
The bill passed with a comfortable majority though representatives from both parties voted against it. President Trump sowed confusion prior to the vote, which is expected to pass the Senate before expiring next week.
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.
Hundreds of millions of euros have been earmarked for Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) to get its own presence in space. The chancellor's office is pushing the project, but critics are skeptical.
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.
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