German intelligence chiefs oppose creation of EU intelligence service

  • Matěj Novák
  • 8.10.2017 10:11

According to a report from 6 October, the directors of Germany's two top intelligence services, foreign intelligence (BND) chief Bruno Kahl and his internal intelligence (BfV) counterpart Hans-Georg Maaßen, have stated that plans to create a joint European intelligence service, presented in September by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are unnecessary and counterproductive.

Both chiefs have pointed out that the EU already has an intelligence-based early-warning body, the EU Situation and Intelligence Center (INTCEN). Deeper integration, on the other hand, could supposedly reduce the efficiency of intelligence activity, which, according to both directors, is best implemented at national level. This was a response to the efforts of French President Emmanuel Macron, who is a great supporter of the idea of a joint EU intelligence body. A similar view is taken by the Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, who advocates integration in the intelligence area with rising terrorist threats and Europe's diminishing ability to respond. However, the position of the new German government may not reflect these views, and given the strengthening ties between Merkel and Macron, it can not be ruled out that the Chancellor will support the plans for European intelligence integration.

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