Delicate Operation German Intelligence Watching Far-Left Politicians

More than one-third of the far-left Left Party's parliamentarians are under observation by Germany's domestic intelligence agency, SPIEGEL has learned. Much larger than previously thought, the operations cost nearly 400,000 euros a year. Critics worry it's disproportionate to surveillance of the right-wing extremist NPD party.
Prominent Left Party parliamentarian Gregor Gysi is among those being watched.

Prominent Left Party parliamentarian Gregor Gysi is among those being watched.

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