Angela Merkel is an avid texter. That makes the alleged bugging of the German Chancellor's cell phone all the more worrying.
Vienna has demanded an explanation from Berlin over reports that Germany's BND agency spied on nearly 2,000 targets in Austria between 1999 and 2006. Austrian media said embassies were among the targets.
Amid global tensions over tariffs, Angela Merkel has called for a "dialogue process" between the EU and the US on trade policy. Both leaders supported efforts to expel undeclared Russian intelligence officers.
Harald Range, a German former attorney general, has died at the age of 70. Reports suggest he died of a heart attack. Range was dismissed in 2015 after a row with then-Justice Minister Heiko Maas.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been jailed for four years in Russia and is currently on hunger strike. His cousin told DW she is worried about his health and hopes German Chancellor Angela Merkel can help free him.
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