It is now almost certain that there will be a top-level investigation into the role played by the German secret services in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Liberal Free Democrats have become the third opposition party to demand a parliamentary inquiry to find out if the country’s spies secretly helped the US.The leader of the FDP, Wolfgang Gerhardt, says the investigation will concentrate on the role played by political figures in the affair, and not the work of the secret agents. With the backing of the FDP, the opposition parties now have enough power to force an inquiry to be held. “Even if more facts emerge today, we insist on having this investigation,” said Christian Stroebele of the Green Party. Claims that Germany passed on intelligence to the US have whipped up a political storm over the previous government of Gerhard Schroeder. Schroeder won re-election in 2002 on the back of his fierce opposition to the looming war in Iraq. An inquiry could also prove embarrassing for the German security services, as well as new Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has worked hard to build a good relationship with the United States during the course of her first 100 days in power.