Merkel opens controversial spy agency's new Berlin HQ
8 February 2019
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday inaugurated the new, fortress-like Berlin headquarters of Germany's scandal-plagued BND foreign intelligence service.
Located where the Berlin Wall once dissected the city, the huge €1.1-billion complex now houses 4,000 of the spy agency's 6,500 staff.
Built on the former site of an East German sports stadium, it is one of the
world's largest secret service bases, covering 10 hectares (25 acres) -- the equivalent to 36 football fields.
Pointing to a host of global threats from terrorism to cyber-attacks, Merkel thanked the BND staff for their work "so that millions of Germans can live in safety".