German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks with Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel after a meeting of party leaders and faction heads at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany in this June 29, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files
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Germany's opposition piled pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Wednesday in a widening row over a controversial treason probe targeting bloggers who had written about Internet surveillance.In an affair that Tuesday claimed the scalp of the chief prosecutor, critics are now asking why ministers allowed Germany's first media treason investigation in half a century to go ahead in the first place.Leftist opposition parties have demanded a parliamentary inquiry and the resignation of domestic security agency chief Hans-Georg Maassen, who had filed the treason complaint against persons unknown in May.With Merkel's backing, his ministry urged chief prosecutor Harald Range to wind back the case.Merkel's spokeswoman reiterated Wednesday that the chancellor supported the justice minister's decision, while the interior ministry said the security agency chief had acted "correctly".
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