The legislation surely will come to a vote soon, in Parliament's upper house.
Mirko Hohmann is a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He works on the intersection of technology and policymaking with a focus on cybersecurity. He contributes to GPPi's work on Global Internet Politics and co-leads the Global Governance Futures program.
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When Chancellor Angela Merkel recently cited the “challenges” concerning the National Security Agency as an area that the German government has “tackled excellently” this term, many observers were surprised – not least because, two years into the “NSA affair,” the German government continues to vocally criticize American surveillance efforts while failing to address the shortcomings of its own intelligence agencies.