Brussels, Oct 25, 2013: European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread US spying on its allies allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship.
The latest revelations that the US National Security Agency swept up more than 70 million phone records in France and may have tapped Merkel’s own cellphone brought denunciations from the French and German governments.
Merkel’s unusually stern remarks yesterday as she arrived at the European Union gathering indicated she wasn’t placated by a phone conversation she had Wednesday with President Barack Obama, or his personal assurances that the US is not listening in on her calls now.
“We need trust among allies and partners,” Merkel told in Brussels. “Such trust now has to be built anew. This is what we have to think about.”