Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany's head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt fuer Verfassungsschutz) addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Reuters: Germany alarmed about potential Russian interference in election: spy chief
Germany is alarmed that Russia may seek to interfere in its national elections next year, the domestic intelligence chief said, echoing concerns raised in the United States before Donald Trump's presidential election victory.
German officials have accused Moscow of trying to manipulate German media to fan popular angst over issues like the migrant crisis, weaken voter trust in moderate mainstream government under Chancellor Angela Merkel and breed divisions within the European Union so that it drops sanctions against Moscow.
Intelligence officials have also pointed to Russian support for eurosceptic, anti-immigrant parties in Germany and across the EU. Last week, Merkel said she could not rule out Russia interfering in Germany's 2017 election through Internet attacks and misinformation campaigns.
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Update #1: Germany 'Alarmed' About Potential Russian Interference In Elections (RFE)
Update #2: German intelligence services 'alarmed' about potential Russian interference in elections (DW)
WNU Editor: So .... if you oppose German government policies it means that you are being influenced by Russia? This is a slippery slope that the German domestic intelligence chief is looking at.