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Outrage over global spying

The espionage programmes of the US and the UK have met with harsh criticism in Europe. The US is chasing whistleblower Edward Snowden, who uncovered operations for spying on European citizens and institutions. How much surveillance can a constitutional state take?

Main focus of Monday, 20. January 2014

Obama sets stricter limits for NSA

In reaction to the NSA spying scandal, US President Barack Obama has announced a reform of the intelligence agency. The measures include a ban on ... » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Saturday, 18. January 2014

Don't sacrifice democracy for security

The US's security needs could jeopardise its democratic achievements, the liberal daily Le Temps warns: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Saturday, 18. January 2014

Europe must achieve independence

The announced reform of the NSA doesn't go far enough and fails to address the real problem for European states, namely their technological dependence on the US, the state-owned liberal daily Wiener Zeitung warns: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 20. January 2014

Nothing but a consolation

With his NSA reform US President Barack Obama is attempting to eliminate only the worst aberrations of the agency's spying activities, the left-leaning daily Právo comments: » more

Slate - France | Monday, 23. December 2013

2014 will also be Snowden year

The revelations by the former NSA employee Edward Snowden will go on causing a stir in 2014, the online magazine Slate writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 11. December 2013

Internet giants' false data protection campaign

US Internet giants like Apple and Google have launched a campaign against the intelligence services' spying programmes. In an open letter on Monday they called for limitations on state surveillance. The left-leaning daily taz sees the initiative as hypocritical: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 30. October 2013

NSA defends spying attacks

The US intelligence NSA has vehemently defended its controversial spying programme at a congressional hearing. Europe also spies on the US, NSA head Keith Alexander ... » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Wednesday, 30. October 2013

Get used to surveillance

It's not just the US that spies on its allies: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 30. October 2013

The Europeans' double-dealing

NSA boss General Keith Alexander's claim that European countries also spy on top foreign politicians hits the nail on the head and explains the double dealing of Germany and France, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino scoffs: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 29. October 2013

Hypocritical outrage

The outcry among Europe's politicians is hypocritical because they also spy on their allies, the former US diplomat Peter Galbraith writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 29. October 2013

Obama puts secret services under review

In reaction to the global criticism of the US's spying on its allies President Barack Obama announced on US television on Monday that the intelligence ... » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 28. October 2013

Loss of trust will cost the US dearly

At their summit meeting at the end of last week, the EU heads of state and government harshly criticised the US for its spying activities but continued to show respect for the country's interests in the planned free trade agreement. That won't be the case for long, the left-liberal daily Le Monde prophesies: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 29. October 2013

NSA becoming a secret power

US President Obama may have already lost control of the NSA intelligence service, the conservative daily Većernji List fears: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 29. October 2013

Europe needs to upgrade technologically

Because a "no-spying" agreement would hardly be of any use Europe must prepare to defend its own interests, columnist Jakob Augstein demands on the news portal Spiegel Online: » more

El Espectador - Colombia | Tuesday, 29. October 2013

Global perspectives: Don't bow down to superpower

Several Latin American heads of state were apparently also targeted by the US spying activities. The international community must not allow such an affront to go unpunished, the liberal Colombian daily El Espectador demands: » more

The Week - U.S. | Wednesday, 23. October 2013

Global perspectives: Obama must know Merkel's plans

The phone hacking operation against allies in Europe is politically necessary from the US's point of view and for that reason legitimate - but it could well have been taken to extremes, journalist and blogger Marc Ambinder writes in the US weekly The Week: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 28. October 2013

Snowden's merits increasingly clear

It is absolutely unacceptable that the US still hasn't given a consistent response to the spying affair, the Christian-social daily Trouw comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 25. October 2013

Europe seeks answer to spying scandal

The US's National Security Agency has not only been keeping tabs on Angela Merkel but also on 35 leading politicians from around the world, according ... » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 25. October 2013

Capital wins out yet again in spying scandal

For economic reasons Europe's politicians will opt for a pragmatic approach in the spying affair - putting human rights on the back burner once more, the conservative daily Večer predicts: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 25. October 2013

Europe still needs the US

Notwithstanding all their justified indignation the Europeans should use diplomacy to resolve the tensions over the spying affair, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung advises: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Friday, 25. October 2013

Time to bang on the table

The NSA's espionage attack on Angela Merkel is the last straw and must prompt a concerted and resolute reaction from Europe, the business paper De Tijd demands: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 25. October 2013

US hurts its own interests with spying

Unfortunately the patience Angela Merkel has shown so far regarding the NSA spying affair has proved unjustified, writes the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 24. October 2013

Merkel possibly spied on by US

The German government has evidence that Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone may have been tapped by US intelligence services. Merkel complained to US President Barack Obama ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 24. October 2013

Chancellor can no longer ignore NSA

The chancellor has ignored the spying affair for far too long and now she must show her colours, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 24. October 2013

Obama owes Europe an explanation

The US owes Europe an explanation in the spying affair, the left-liberal daily El País stresses commenting of the reports of Angela Merkel's mobile phone being bugged: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 24. October 2013

The dangerous arrogance of the United States

The US is not taking the outrage in Europe seriously and may end up paying a high price for its blasé attitude, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica points out: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 22. October 2013

NSA scandal reaches France

The US's NSA intelligence agency has apparently been intercepting French phone traffic on a massive scale. The newspaper Le Monde published details of the espionage ... » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 22. October 2013

Spying affair leaves people cold

The constant displays of indignation over the activities of the US intelligence agency NSA are desensitizing the public to the problem, the conservative daily Die Presse writes in view of the rather unsurprising disclosures of Le Monde: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, 22. October 2013

Snowden promotes European data protection

Snowden's revelations have finally prompted action to improve European data protection, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, 21. October 2013

Spying among friends is legitimate

The NSA's surveillance in France does not represent an affront or a breach of trust but is standard practice among friends, the conservative newspaper The ... » more

Keskisuomalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 22. October 2013

Trust between EU and US shattered

The surveillance practices of the US have further undermined the already shaky trust between the US and the EU, the liberal daily Keskisuomalainen writes commenting on the recent revelations in Le Monde: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 13. October 2013

Disclosures about phone tapping not betrayal

In the last few days British media loyal to the government have denounced the left-liberal daily The Guardian for its revelations about the surveillance operations of Western intelligence services. Guardian journalist Nick Davis rejects accusations that he and his colleagues have helped terrorists: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 30. August 2013

Ulrich Beck on the new awareness of the digital risk

The exposure of the spying programmes is raising our awareness of a new global threat, sociologist Ulrich Beck observes in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Monday, 26. August 2013

UN victim of US's paranoia

According to media reports on Sunday, the US's National Security Agency (NSA) bugged offices in the UN headquarters. The Prism scandal reveals the US's paranoia regarding terrorist attacks, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore believes: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Revenge an unworthy motive for journalists

The Council of Europe on Wednesday asked the British government for an explanation of its actions against the daily The Guardian. The columnist Stephen Glover criticises in the conservative paper The Daily Mail the role of The Guardian in this case: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 21. August 2013

British government targets Guardian

The British daily The Guardian has by its own account been forced by the government to destroy hard drives containing information about the espionage affair. ... » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Journalists better protected in the US

The destruction of hard drives whose contents can be copied is a ridiculously anachronistic measure, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, arguing that in terms of press laws, data is in any event better protected in the US: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Cameron's government can't be trusted

The actions taken against The Guardian are a massive abuse of state power and demonstrate the unpredictability of the British government, the left-liberal daily Der Standard points out indignantly: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Now more than ever

The destruction of data at the left-liberal daily The Guardian is one of the most bizarre cases of state censorship in the Internet age, columnist Simon Jenkins writes in that same newspaper: » more

Contributors - Romania | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

Draconian anti-terror laws ever since Blair

After David Miranda, partner of the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for several hours at Heathrow Airport, the opposition British Labour Party has demanded that the application of anti-terrorism laws - under which Miranda was detained - be reviewed. The journalist Petru Clej recalls in the blog portal Contributors that Labour is not completely innocent as far as the current legislation is concerned: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Britain abuses anti-terrorism laws

David Miranda, the partner of investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald who made the Edward Snowden case public in The Guardian, was detained for almost nine hours by the British authorities at London's Heathrow airport on Sunday. The left-liberal daily El País criticises the fact that this was done on the basis of anti-terrorism legislation: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 14. August 2013

Germany's no-spying deal anti-European

Germany wants to negotiate a so-called "no-spying agreement" with the US to prevent the two countries from spying on each other. That was announced by Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery Ronald Pofalla on Monday. But such a pact would hardly promote European cooperation, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant points out: » more

Main focus of Monday, 12. August 2013

Obama's bid for trust in surveillance affair

US President Barack Obama has promised more transparency amidst the scandal over the NSA's global spying programme, announcing several reforms on Friday to bolster confidence ... » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Sunday, 11. August 2013

Obama vulnerable as civil rights activist

European politicians have welcomed Obama's initiative for more transparency in intelligence service activities, but are calling for concrete measures. These would also be in Obama's interest, the liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel points out: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 12. August 2013

US has lost its supremacy

Obama's reaction to the US espionage scandal highlights how the US has lost its dominant international status, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera concludes: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Saturday, 10. August 2013

Balance between security and private sphere

US President Barack Obama's efforts to boost  trust in the intelligence services are doomed to failure, writes the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 1. August 2013

British secret service too dependent on US

Cooperation between the American National Security Agency and the British intelligence service GCHQ is apparently far closer than previously believed. The liberal daily The Guardian on Thursday revealed documents showing that the NSA has invested over 100 million pounds in the GCHQ in the past three years. A dubious form of cooperation, the paper comments: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Friday, 2. August 2013

Asylum for Snowden is Putin's revenge on US

Russia has granted former US intelligence service contractor Edward Snowden asylum for a year. The US is very dismayed over the decision. The Snowden affair has provided Russia with an ideal opportunity to take revenge on the US, the liberal daily Le Temps points out: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 26. July 2013

Snowden sensitised US to surveillance

An initiative launched by both Republican and Democratic representatives for tougher restrictions on phone surveillance in the US failed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The result was surprisingly close at 205-217 votes. A small triumph for Edward Snowden, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza notes: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 16. July 2013

Merkel turning Germans into US subjects

In the debate about the US spy programme on the weekend SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück accused Chancellor Merkel of having violated her oath of office. The columnist of the news portal Spiegel online, Jakob Augstein, believes he's right: » more

Main focus of Monday, 15. July 2013

Snowden wants asylum in Russia

The former US intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden wants to apply to Moscow for temporary asylum. But the Russian authorities claimed on the weekend that ... » more

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Saturday, 13. July 2013

Nation state shows whistleblower the limits

Edward Snowden's audacious flight from the US authorities shows, according to the liberal daily 24 Chasa, his refusal to believe "that the world is made ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 15. July 2013

Asylum at Putin's mercy

With his asylum bid in Russia, the former NSA employee Edward Snowden will be totally at Putin's mercy, comments the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 15. July 2013

Obama's absurd hunt for Snowden

Obama should assure Snowden that he'll be given a fair trial, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 9. July 2013

Pirates fail to capitalise on spying affair

Germany's Pirate Party demonstrated its solidarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden on Saturday by deploying symbolic welcoming committees at eight airports across the country. But the party hasn't managed to turn the NSA surveillance affair to its advantage in the run-up to the elections in September, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung observes: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 8. July 2013

EU won't put free trade zone at risk

Representatives of the EU and US will resume talks about a joint free trade zone today. Accusations about the US intelligence service's data espionage won't stand in the way of the negotiations after all, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 5. July 2013

Evo Morales playing the victim

After his forced stopover in Vienna, Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday convened a special meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and described himself as the victim of a conspiracy by the US and Europe. The conservative daily El Mundo takes the wind out of his sails: » more

Irish Examiner - Ireland | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Whistleblowers serve the common good

The Irish government presented on Wednesday a draft law for the protection of whistleblowers. The new law would protect employees who reveal possible malpractices at the businesses or institutions they work for from being laid off, among other things. The liberal daily Irish Examiner welcomes the planned reform: » more

ABC - Spain | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Hunt for Snowden embarrasses secret services

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to make a stopover in Vienna on Tuesday night on his flight back from Moscow to La Paz. Apparently under pressure from the US, several EU countries refused to allow the president's plane to fly over their countries because they wanted it to be checked to establish whether it was carrying ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. What an embarrassing affair, the conservative daily ABC comments with annoyance: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

Germany faint-hearted in Snowden case

The German government announced on Tuesday that it would not grant asylum to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is fleeing the US authorities. The wrong move, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

US loses trust with spy programme

The indignation of Europeans at the revelations by former secret service contractor Edward Snowden is justified, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat writes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 2. July 2013

EU outraged over US spying

After media reports about spying activities of the US intelligence services in EU offices, the European Union is checking its facilities for bugging devices. The ... » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Brussels a stomping ground for spies

The outrage over the US surveillance methods is in part just a façade and won't last for long, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger writes, looking back at a similar scandal: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Europe should have offered Snowden asylum

Europe needs to be more resolute and self-confident in its attitude towards the US, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung demands: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Don't jeopardise free trade agreement

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on Monday cast doubts on the upcoming negotiations for a trade agreement between the US and the EU, saying that a free trade zone would be unthinkable if the US's spying activities continued. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter calls for a pragmatic outlook here: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 1. July 2013

Defenceless in the digital world

The revelations about US spying activities in Europe expose above all the EU's weaknesses in the digital world, the liberal daily Libération comments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 1. July 2013

Spying on friends is business as usual

The outrage in Europe over the surveillance practices of the US intelligence services is unjustified, the conservative daily Financial Times writes: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 27. June 2013

Snowden conflict benefits Russia

Whistleblower Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, according to Russian reports. Russia's refusal to hand him over to the US is a ploy, the left-liberal daily Delo contends: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

Snowdon sparks Cold War 2.0

The US has demanded that Russia immediately hand over Edward Snowden, who is currently in the transit area of an airport in Moscow. President Putin has refused to do so, describing Snowden as a "free man". The liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias feels the situation is reminiscent of the Cold War: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

London violates Europeans' basic rights

According to a report in The Guardian, the UK has been tapping into data traffic between Europe and the US under a large-scale surveillance programme codenamed Tempora. This is completely unconstitutional, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad complains: » more

Main focus of Monday, 24. June 2013

Informer Snowden on the run

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower wanted by the US, has fled from Hong Kong to Moscow. From there he apparently plans to travel to Cuba and ... » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 24. June 2013

Para-state control apparatus

Edward Snowden's major achievement is, according to the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger, "that he revealed the extent to which state-run anti-terrorism programmes are networked with private ... » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 24. June 2013

Snowden abusing international diplomacy

The rules of the Internet need to be rewritten, but dubious people like Edward Snowden and his alleged legal consultant Baltasar Garzón have no place in this process, the conservative daily ABC warns: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 24. June 2013

Putin's yearning for the times of the KGB

Vladimir Putin obviously dreams of a return to the golden age of espionage, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes mockingly about Moscow's help for ex-intelligence agent Snowden: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 24. June 2013

Fleeing to a dictatorship is hypocritical

Former NSA employee Edward Snowden's plans to flee from Moscow to Cuba and from there to Ecuador is not viewed favourably by the liberal daily Sme: » more

Profil - Austria | Saturday, 15. June 2013

Online US is still a superpower

The US National Security Agency has prevented more than 50 terrorist attacks with the controversial Internet surveillance programme Prism, NSA head Keith Alexander announced on Tuesday. America's hegemony in the worldwide web was made possible by the monopoly situation of the US Internet companies, the left-liberal weekly magazine Profil notes: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 13. June 2013

EU must protect citizens from US surveillance

Commenting on the US's Prism spying programme the left-liberal daily El País calls on Europe to defend itself against surveillance from the US: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

More transparency for UK surveillance service

According to the daily newspaper The Guardian, the British signals intelligence service GCHQ cooperated with the US National Security Agency in its widespread telephone and Internet surveillance programme. Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed on Monday that the British authorities have remained within the limits of the law. The Daily Telegrah calls for more transparency: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

For Ai Weiwei Prism symbolises abuse of state power

With an eye to the US spying programme Prism which came to light last week, the Chinese artist and regime critic Ai Weiwei calls for a limit to state power in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Eesti Rahvusringhääling - Estonia | Monday, 10. June 2013

The private sphere is dead

The US National Security Agency gathered huge amounts of data mainly on countries like Iran and Pakistan with the Prism programme. But it was also active in Europe, particularly in Germany. The online portal of the Estonian public broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling fears that even with the best will in the world, the EU couldn't protect the privacy of its citizens: » more

Information - Denmark | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

Fight against US Stasi not lost yet

The US runs the risk of become a surveillance state along the lines of the former East Germany, writes Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who made public the pentagon Papers a good 40 years ago, in the left-liberal daily Information. But the exposure of the Internet surveillance programme Prism is cause for hope, Ellsberg writes: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

Edward Snowden a hero

The Prism whistleblower Edward Snowden is a new hero comparable to Wikileaks informer Bradley Manning, the liberal daily Le Temps writes: » more

Irish Examiner - Ireland | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

Surveillance state normal nowadays

Many people in Europe have voiced outrage in recent days at the surveillance practices of the US National Security Agency. The liberal daily Irish Examiner wonders why: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

More pseudo do-gooders than Whistleblowers

The debate over the revelation of information from US military and intelligence service is overlooking the fact that neither Wikileaks informer Bradley Manning nor the man who exposed the Prism scandal, Edward Snowden, are whistleblowers in the strict sense of the word, the liberal daily La Stampa contends: » more

Bild - Germany | Monday, 10. June 2013

Obama has lost his magic

Now that his government's massive data collecting programme has been exposed Barack Obama has lost all his magic for the Germans, the tabloid Bild writes with an eye to the US President's visit to Germany planned for next week: » more

The Observer - United Kingdom | Sunday, 9. June 2013

Surveillance in West as bad as in China

According to The Washington Post and The Guardian, Internet companies have been giving the US National Security Agency access to user data since 2007. The left-liberal Sunday paper The Observer finds this worrying and sees parallels with China, whose President Xi Jinping visited the US on the weekend: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 10. June 2013

Washington undermines the rule of law

The surveillance scandal in the US will come back to haunt President Barack Obama because it has no legal basis, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant predicts: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Monday, 10. June 2013

Fear of the US Big Brother

With their Prism programme the US's National Security Agency has far overstepped the boundaries of the permissible, penetrating the private sphere of citizens all over the world, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya complains: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 6. June 2013

The US becomes a surveillance state

The daily newspaper The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that the US National Security Agency systematically collects the telephone data of US citizens. The left-liberal daily has harsh words for such extensive surveillance: » more


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