Germany: Berlin 'capital of spying' — Intel agency bosses warn parliamentary oversight body

«Berlin is the capital of spying» according to findings from the German Parliamentary Oversight Panel after the annual public hearing of the presidents of the federal intelligence services, in Berlin on Monday. Panel Chairman Armin Schuster warned that the «threatening potential from the right is high and growing from the left.» In 2019 a little over 41,000 cases of politically motivated crime was recorded with over half stemming from the far-right, while just under 10,000 cases were ascribed to leftist extremists, according to figures released by the German Interior Minister in May. Schuster added that the agency bosses had made clear that the «situation of the intelligence services is difficult and challenging and for that we need a stronger intelligence service.» According to the panel, the threat of Islamist terrorism has also not been decreasing. The MPs also took the opportunity to stress how also in light of coronavirus some authoritarian countries are taking the advantage to try and discredit democratic processes.

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