Attorney general Harald Range  has concluded there is  sufficient evidence to open an investigation into the specific case of the German leader. Photograph: EPA

Seven months after the US promised not to spy on Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, Germany’s attorney general has opened a formal investigation into claim(...)

German Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele points at the signature on a letter he received from fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, at a news conference in Berlin, November 1, 2013. Stroebele met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, Stroebele’s office said in a statement, and would give details of the meeting on Friday.

Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he has no regrets over exposing what he dubbed an “unaccountable system of pervasive surveillance” operat(...)

Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of the German Greens Party and the Bundestag, holds up a letter from Edward Snowden, former contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA), that Mr Snowden gave him  in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Getty

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he regrets nothing of his actions to expose surveillance programmes operated by the National Security Agency (...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief-of-staff Ronald Pofalla. Photograph: Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel attended Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth yesterday, leaving her chief-of-staff to face the music in Berlin over grounded(...)

The Snowden affair has made  German politicians more concerned regarding what  information the Germany’s intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) releases to them. Photograph: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing domestic pressure to demand a freeze on transatlantic data-sharing until Washington explains claims by Natio(...)