German cabinet agrees to tighten control over spy agency

June 28, 2016 15:21

The German cabinet on Tuesday approved draft legislation for the long-delayed reform of Germany's intelligence service, including tighter control of its surveillance activities that were at the centre of several scandals in recent years.

Revelations in 2015 that the Bundesnachrichtendiest (BND) helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European allies caused public outrage and embarrassed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The reform measures still need to be finalised by parliament, which is expected to debate the package before its summer break begins in July.

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