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US spying on its allies


The NSA has apparently been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top politicians across the globe for years. The press discusses how far US intelligence services should be allowed to go and how Europe should react to digital espionage.



Main focus of Thursday, 25. June 2015

NSA spied on French presidents

According to documents published on the Wikileaks website the NSA spied for years on French heads of state. President François Hollande has described this as ... » more


El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Thursday, 25. June 2015

France's flimsy protests

The protests from Paris against the NSA's spying activities may be justified but they are hypocritical in view of the circumstances, the centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya points out: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Spying is standard practice

France is just pretending to be angry about the NSA's syping, the liberal daily Sme writes, pointing out that such practices are standard among the Transatlantic partners: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Didn't need the NSA to know that

The revelations about surveillance operations show how ineffective they are, writes the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Trust in Obama shattered

The NSA reportedly spied on three French presidents from 2006 to 2012. Relations between France and the US will suffer as a result of this latest spying scandal, the conservative daily Le Figaro predicts, regretting that Barack Obama has adopted the methods of his predecessors: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Fallout from US espionage growing

Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President spoke on the phone on Tuesday for the first time since the revelations of the latest cases of American espionage in Germany. The Obama administration must understand that its activities are detrimental to German-American relations and are fuelling anti-American sentiment in the country, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 14. July 2014

US spying out of fear of Germany

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met on Sunday for the first time since the latest cases of espionage were revealed. On the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna, the two stressed the close friendship between the US and Germany. The left-leaning daily Právo is not surprised that US intelligence agencies are spying on Germany: » more


ABC - Spain | Friday, 11. July 2014

A new German anti-Americanism

The expulsion of the top representative of the CIA in Berlin is a diplomatic affront and exemplifies the growing distance between the Germans and the US, the conservative daily ABC observes: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Friday, 11. July 2014

US risks losing Germans' affection

The US clearly doesn't understand why the Germans are so upset about its ongoing spying activities, the liberal daily Sme comments in wonder: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 11. July 2014

Doubts about shared values

Germany and the US are on the brink of a war of diplomacy that could expose how bad relations are between the two countries, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 9. July 2014

US spying ruins transatlantic relations

Revelations on Wednesday of a second case of US spying on Germany have the government in Berlin up in arms. This comes at the worst possible time for the already strained transatlantic relations, columnist Constanze Stelzenmüller observes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more


Echo24 - Czech Republic | Monday, 7. July 2014

Germans too naive about spying

After a case of spying at the German intelligence agency the BND, Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière is considering expanding counter-espionage operations targeting the US. Last week a BND member was arrested on suspicion of having forwarded 213 documents to US intelligence agencies in exchange for 25,000 euros. The conservative news portal Echo24.cz is surprised at the Germans' naivety: » more


El Mundo - Spain | Monday, 16. June 2014

Spain must continue NSA investigation

Spanish prosecutors have dropped an investigation into whether the country was a target of NSA surveillance because they were unable to ascertain whether the mass eavesdropping on phone conversations constituted a criminal offence. The conservative daily El Mundo finds this strange: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Wednesday, 26. March 2014

Germans don't care about NSA affair any more

The public outrage that marked the start of the NSA spying scandal has proven short-lived, columnist Sascha Lobo laments on the news portal Spiegel Online: » more


Handelsblatt - Germany | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

European data protection boosts competitiveness

Data and data collection are the main topics at the Cebit computer expo which started two days ago in Hanover. In the business paper Handelsblatt, liberal MEP Nadja Hirsch explains how European data protection should be viewed as a competitive advantage: » more


Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Three cheers for a European Internet

Speaking at the Franco-German Ministerial Council on Wednesday, Angela Merkel once again called for the creation of a European Internet. This could foster not only security but also economic growth, the left-liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur writes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 17. February 2014

Merkel goes too far on data protection

In her weekly video message on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a European Internet that is inaccessible for US intelligence agencies. This plan and Germany's criticism of the US go too far, the conservative daily Financial Times writes: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 13. February 2014

Shoshana Zuboff advocates fight against mass spying

Shoshana Zuboff, a former professor at the Harvard Business School, calls on humanity to resist the new "weapons of mass detection" in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 6. February 2014

Spying on ex-chancellor Schröder scandalous

According to reports circulating in the media, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder's phone was also tapped by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung finds this scandalous: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 14. January 2014

Uncompromising spying unacceptable

The plans for a "no-spy" agreement between Germany and the US threaten to fail. The US has refused to agree not to wiretap members of the German government or government officials, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, criticising the explanations offered by the US for its stance: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 20. December 2013

NSA will continue gathering data

In its review of the NSA intelligence service presented on Wednesday, a panel of experts appointed by US President Barack Obama recommends limitations on the gathering of data. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung doesn't believe the report will lead to genuine reforms: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 18. December 2013

NSA affair belongs before the courts

For the first time, a US federal court on Monday declared the NSA's spying practices unconstitutional. This marks a turn-around, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad writes in praise: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Thursday, 7. November 2013

Secret services more trustworthy than Snowden

The chiefs of the three main British intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ publicly declared on Thursday before a parliamentary committee that all their operations were in conformity with the law. This form of transparency strengthens trust in these institutions, the conservative Daily Telegraph comments approvingly: » more


Zeit Online - Germany | Wednesday, 6. November 2013

Germans need the US as friend and foe

The Gemans have become used to having everything dropped into their laps, from the Marshall Plan to the Internet - that's why they will also rely on the US to sort out the NSA affair, writes Eric Hansen, US columnist for the online portal of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 5. November 2013

Don't break up Internet over NSA

All over the world there are calls for the global flow of data to be curbed in reaction to the spying scandal. EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier has proposed creating a separate European data cloud network and the Brazilian government wants Internet companies to be subject to national laws. The conservative daily Financial Times warns against such measures: » more


ABC - Spain | Tuesday, 5. November 2013

Asylum for Snowden would be suicide for Berlin

The public debate in Germany over the idea of offering whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum testifies to political irresponsibility, writes the conservative daily ABC: » more


Main focus of Monday, 4. November 2013

US should cut down on spying

Paris and Berlin are seeking bilateral no-spy agreements with the US in the spying scandal. Germany and Brazil also submitted a draft for an anti-espionage resolution ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Sunday, 3. November 2013

Spying is a losing game

Spying is the death of society - these words of Václav Havel should be a warning to the West, author Claudio Magris admonishes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Der Spiegel - Germany | Monday, 4. November 2013

Europe is nice and harmless

A "no spy" agreement with the US won't do any good. Germany and Europe must start putting the US under real pressure, the German news magazine Der Spiegel writes: » more


Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Monday, 4. November 2013

Fear hurts democracy

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said in connection with the US's spying on leading politicians that he is very careful about what he communicates on his mobile phone. This attitude is highly questionable, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet points out: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 4. November 2013

Spying was deemed okay in war on terror

With their show of indignation in the NSA affair Europe's government representatives are just trying to conceal the fact that they themselves condoned the spying, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 1. November 2013

Timothy Garton Ash on the true threat in the age of spying

Amid all the outcry over the US's spying activities the fact that the privacy of the individual citizen is at stake is being forgotten, points out historian Timothy Garton Ash in an article published in the left-liberal daily El País, criticising the plans for tougher controls of the media in the UK: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 31. October 2013

NSA spying on Internet companies

The NSA intelligence agency also infiltrated the main communication links of Internet giants Google and Yahoo around the globe, secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden ... » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 31. October 2013

Pathological desire for total control

The NSA's spy attacks are extreme to the point of being pathological, columnist Bert Wagendorp writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, 31. October 2013

Spying scandal endangers free trade deal

The NSA scandal has damaged relations between Europe and the US. This comes in very handy for Russia, political analyst Zeljko Trkanjec comments in the liberal daily Jutarnji List: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 31. October 2013

The real threat comes from China

The NSA affair is diverting attention from the real spies, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore believes with a wary eye on China: » more


Savon Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 31. October 2013

NSA chief does Obama a disservice

NSA chief Keith Alexander made a real mess of things when he testified before the US Congress, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat comments heatedly: » 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


Proto Thema - Greece | Wednesday, 30. October 2013

Get used to surveillance

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 28. October 2013

Germany not important for US

The NSA's phone-hacking operation against Angela Merkel makes it painfully clear to Germany how unimportant it has become as an ally for the US, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung observes: » 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


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


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


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

 

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