Angela Merkel says NSA spying scandal is testing the transatlantic relationship. Opposition figures accuse her of lacking the courage to invite Edward Snowden as a witness.
The German chancellor needs her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, to govern, but the row over Germany's spy chief has opened old wounds in that party. Could an SPD meltdown spell the end of the Merkel era?
Angela Merkel's governing coalition has decided to sack its controversial head of domestic intelligence by transfering him to a higher post. With no successor on the horizon, the move has drawn jeers around the country.
Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany's domestic intelligence service, allegedly passed on sensitive data from a report to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). The spy chief has already faced calls to resign.
Can the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service remain in office? The decision has been postponed – an indication that this government doesn’t dare do anything anymore, says Jens Thurau.
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