Germany’s intel chief to step up efforts against far right
BERLIN (AP) — The new head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says he plans a significant expansion next year of the department that monitors far-right extremists.
Thomas Haldenwang told Friday's edition of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily that he wants a 50 percent increase in the department's size next year, bringing it closer to the size of the section that deals with Islamic extremism. He wouldn't give staff figures, saying they are secret.
Top German security official keeping post, drops party job
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister on Monday denied reports that he was planning on stepping down as the nation's top security official but said he will relinquish his post as leader of the sister party to that of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Horst Seehofer told reporters at an event in the eastern city of Bautzen that rumors he was resigning as interior minister were incorrect.
"I am the federal interior minister and I continue to serve in that office," the 69-year-old said.
German domestic spy chief won’t get new government job
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's outgoing domestic intelligence chief won't be given a new government job after lashing out at one of the governing parties, the interior minister said Monday. It was a late twist to a saga that has contributed to the administration's unpopularity.
Merkel: German government must give up internal squabbles
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that it's time for her coalition government to stop getting bogged down in internal squabbles, after its leaders reached a deal to resolve its second major crisis in just three months.
Merkel said she regrets the handling of the latest dispute, over the future of Germany's domestic intelligence chief, and called for Germany's biggest parties to move on from political infighting.
German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance.
The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local):
Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief.
Germans angry over spy chief’s promotion after comments
BERLIN (AP) — A spat over Germany's domestic intelligence chief flared up again Friday, after a center-left party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said it wanted to nix a deal that saw the spy promoted out of office.
Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles said she wrote to other members of the coalition government to revisit Tuesday's agreement, which she said met with "widespread bewilderment" among Germans.
German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov’t
BERLIN (AP) — A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.
Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency lost his job Tuesday after his remarks downplaying anti-migrant violence became a battleground between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative critics.
The ouster of Hans-Georg Maassen is the latest political aftershock resulting from the influx of more than a million refugees into Germany since 2015, which has boosted right-wing populism in Germany and beyond.
Merkel: German government won’t collapse over spy chief
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says a dispute over the future of Germany's domestic intelligence chief won't bring down her coalition government.
Merkel's conservatives run Germany in a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats, who on Thursday demanded the removal of domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen over much-criticized comments about recent far-right protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Coalition leaders have deferred a decision on Maassen's future until Tuesday.
Merkel partners call for removal of German spy chief
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners demanded the removal of Germany's domestic intelligence chief on Thursday following much-criticized comments about recent far-right protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz.
Germany: Sharp rise in number of anti-government extremists
BERLIN (AP) — The number of Germans who reject the legitimacy of the government has increased sharply over the past 18 months, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — German media are reporting a drop in the number of violent crimes committed by far-right extremists last year.
Figures published Friday by the Funke newspaper group show the number of assaults committed by right-wing extremists declined 30 percent in 2017. The numbers of arsons and violent crimes against asylum centers also dropped by more than 60 and 70 percent respectively.
Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot
BERLIN (AP) — A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday.
The head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said a phone-in tip helped authorities confirm their suspicions about a 29-year-old Tunisian man in the city of Cologne. The suspect, named only as Sief Allah H. in line with German privacy laws, was arrested last week and remains in custody.
BERLIN (AP) — German security officials say left-wing extremists have become more willing to use violence over the past five years.
Figures released by the domestic intelligence agency BfV on Wednesday show the number of left-wing extremists whom authorities consider potentially violent rose 27 percent from 7,100 to about 9,000 between 2012 and 2017.
The number of violent crimes committed by left-wing extremists rose 88 percent during that period, to 1,648 from 876.
Russia likely behind cyberattack against German government computers: Intel chief
Germany's top intelligence official said Wednesday that Russia was likely behind a cyberattack conducted against the Informationsverbund Berlin-Bonn (IVBB), a German government computer network, but that federal authorities determined the incident didn't result in any damages.
"We perceived it as a cyberattack with a Russian origin," said Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesamt fr Verfassungsschutz (BfV).
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he wouldn't trust Facebook with his data.
Hans-Georg Maassen says he was "astonished how many people were surprised" by the privacy scandal surrounding Facebook users' personal information.
Speaking Wednesday on the sidelines of a corporate security conference in Berlin, Maassen said he doesn't have a Facebook account.
German intel chief: North Korea used embassy for procurement
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says North Korea has used its embassy in Berlin to acquire equipment apparently intended for its missile or nuclear programs.
German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources.
Hans-Georg Maassen said his agency, known by its German acronym BfV, believes more than 10,000 Germans have been targeted by Chinese intelligence agents posing as consultants, headhunters or researchers, primarily on the social networking site LinkedIn.
German intel chief: Islamic radical numbers are growing
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground.
Hans-Georg Maassen said in comments released Sunday that the number of adherents of Salafist ideology rose to 10,800 from 9,700 a year ago. Salafists believe in a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, though are not necessarily violent.
German intelligence heads stress international cooperation
BERLIN (AP) — The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.
Speaking at a public session Thursday of a parliamentary panel, the heads of Germany's foreign, domestic and military intelligence agencies emphasized that cyber threats in particular necessitate joint solutions.
German security chiefs upbeat on intel cooperation with US
BERLIN (AP) — Senior security officials in Germany said Monday they are optimistic about intelligence sharing with the United States and Britain, despite friction in other policy areas in recent months.
Speaking at a gathering of intelligence experts in Berlin, Germany's top security official said cooperation with the Trump administration was "excellent" when it came to combating terrorism.