Germany has summoned the US ambassador after it emerged Washington put Chancellor Merkel's cell phone under surveillance. She has demanded an explanation from Barack Obama but the White House says the US is not monitoring Merkel's communications.
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.
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.
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.
The Bundestag has heard evidence from the German chancellor about spying on allies by both American and German intelligence services. Despite hours of questioning, no evidence of serious wrongdoing emerged.
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