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Always Watching: Merkel to Greatly Expand Intelligence Services, Domestic Spy Network

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed plans to rapidly expand the scope and size of Germany’s intelligence services including its domestic spy agency.

Citing cyber attacks and the ongoing situations in Syria and Ukraine, the German Chancellor made the case that the intelligence agencies must cooperate with each other and with their international counterparts to counter what she believes are new threats to Germany, reports Die Presse.

“The cooperation between our own intelligence services needs to be further strengthened,” Merkel said Monday in Berlin on the day marking the 60th anniversary since the creation of the Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), the foreign intelligence department. She also highlighted plans for expansion of the domestic intelligence service known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) which monitors groups thought to be threats to Germany’s democracy. – READ MORE