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.
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.
A German investigative committee has presented its findings to the Bundestag on US spying on Germany - and Germany's spying on its allies. The report is more than 1,800 pages long but contains little consensus.
Newly revealed documents show German intelligence spied on White House personnel for years, according to a news report. In 2015, German intelligence was found to have spied on European allies, to Berlin's embarrassment.
Politicians and NGOs say that a spate of security measures go too far and are beginning to impinge on personal liberty. Angela Merkel's potential next coalition partners are demanding a "general reversal" on the issue.
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