As stated before, the whole spying ‘scandal’ is the biggest spying non-scandal in modern times. The BND has virtually been in bed with the NSA since 1952, its year of inception. Because of German laws, the BND was never allowed to spy on its own citizens. This then allowed the German government to use the legal loophole of allowing the NSA to spy for them, or do the spying for the NSA as in this case, and then distribute the intelligence findings.
Why all the outrage then? You have to look at the bigger picture. In a nutshell, Germany wants the American ball and chain detached from it, thus enabling it to become a superpower on its own. It already has established its hegemony over the Europe and the EU, the largest economy in the world. NATO forces, while needed, are not welcome in the eyes of many Europeans and to turn such a non-scandal to an overly dramatic show is pure propaganda for the domestic front. This intentionally ramps up support among European citizens and successfully drives another wedge between Germany’s rising Fourth Reich and America. The government has to shape the thinking of people and manipulate public opinion before it can garner support to carry out its goals. What you’re seeing is a historical split and Moscow is also playing its part to drive NATO out of Europe as well.
According to the available information, the NSA was trying to get information about the multinational arms companies EADS and Eurocopter. This was contrary to German interests, and the BND had rejected the requests at that time.
However, now it has become clear that the BND assisted the US National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on European targets over the last few years.
The revelation was perceived by many German politicians as “scandalous”. They demanded an end to such ‘collaboration’ with the US and argued that the chancellor’s office should probably have been aware of the spy agencies’ cooperation.
Full article: Merkel Knew German Intelligence Was Spying on German Companies for US (Sputnik News)