A German delegation meets on Wednesday with officials of the Obama administration to calm the waters over the spying scandal.
Since its founding in 1950, Germany's domestic intelligence agency has been at the center of a number of major scandals, all of which reflected the political atmosphere of the day. Here are the six most infamous cases.
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.
The UK's mass surveillance program, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, violates free speech and privacy, the court ruled. However, judges didn't come down as hard on intelligence agencies as some might have hoped.
Accused of taking too soft a stance on the far-right, Germany's domestic spy chief got a grilling in parliament. But his answers reassured his boss, Interior Minister Seehofer, he's the right man for the job.
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