The German parliament has passed a contentious bill curtailing small unions' powers to negotiate separate wage agreements. It comes after strikes by niche unions severely disrupted rail and air travel in recent months.
The head of the BND has said that it needs to cooperate with the NSA to safeguard the country. He was testifying before an inquiry into allegations that the BND helped the NSA spy on European firms and officials.
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