German and U.S. politicians have agreed on efforts to rebuild trust to trans-Atlantic ties during the visit by a delegation of U.S. lawmakers led by senator Christ Murphy in Berlin.
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.
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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