Opinion The State Shouldn't Have to Be a Crook to Catch Them

Chancellor Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democrats and Sigmar Gabriel of the center-left Social Democrats want to buy data stolen from Switzerland in order to prosecute tax evaders. But the plan is dangerous: A country cannot bend the law to serve its own interests.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Everything should be done to get this data."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Everything should be done to get this data."

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