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.
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.
The bill passed with a comfortable majority though representatives from both parties voted against it. President Trump sowed confusion prior to the vote, which is expected to pass the Senate before expiring next week.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
US President Donald Trump nominated former UN spokesman Richard Grenell as his country's ambassador to Germany. DW looks at what the choice could mean for Berlin-Washington relations.
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