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Sometimes the Atlantic Ocean has never seemed wider. Still, repairing German-American relations has been a top priority of Chancellor Angela Merkel since Germany's opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Germans Rejected: US Unlikely to Offer 'No-Spy' Agreement

Germans Rejected: US Unlikely to Offer 'No-Spy' Agreement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Senior German intelligence officials met with their NSA and CIA counterparts in the US last week to start trust-rebuilding efforts between the estranged allies. While a "no-spy" agreement seems unlikely, Merkel might learn what Snowden could still reveal. By Melanie Amann, Hubert Gude, J÷rg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

NSA Scandal Warning: Are US Facilities in Germany at Greater Risk?

NSA Scandal Warning: Are US Facilities in Germany at Greater Risk?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2013

Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned American sites in the country could be at risk of attack from people angry about the NSA spying scandal. The message has worried officials in Rhineland-Palatinate, where the Ramstein air base is located. more... Comment ]

Spying Fallout: German Trust in United States Plummets

Spying Fallout: German Trust in United States Plummets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The NSA spying scandals have taken a toll on Germans' opinion of their longtime ally, according to a new survey. Mistrust in the United States has skyrocketed, and more Germans are viewing whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero. more... Comment ]

Codependent: Merkel's Pragmatic Approach to the NSA Scandal

Codependent: Merkel's Pragmatic Approach to the NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Chancellor Merkel might be furious about the NSA's unscrupulous surveillance activities, but reluctance to anger her partners in Washington prevents her from imposing sanctions. Trade issues aside, Germany itself depends heavily on intelligence gathered by the US agency. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Quandary: The Debate over Asylum for Snowden

Germany's Quandary: The Debate over Asylum for Snowden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

There are growing calls in Germany not only to question Edward Snowden in connection with the ongoing NSA scandal, but also to offer him safe passage and asylum. Yet the heads of the two major political camps fear the wrath of the United States. By SPIEGEL STAFF more... Comment ]

Damage Control: Lawmakers to Visit EuropeáamidáNSA Tensions

Damage Control: Lawmakers to Visit EuropeáamidáNSA Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Against a backdrop of fraying ties between the US and many of its allies, sympathy is growing within Congress for European outrage at NSA spying activities. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is due to visit Europe to help address concerns about American surveillance. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

The ongoing NSA spying scandal has put major strain on the relationship between Germany and the US. But both sides should stop reacting emotionally and look at the political realities. With trans-Atlantic trade on the line, there's simply too much at stake. A Commentary By Annette Heuser more... Comment ]

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Many commentators in the US see surveillance like the NSA's alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel's phone as a necessary fact of life. The White House is trying to limit the damage -- but the snooping will go on. By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2013

According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Poll Suggests Happy People Mean Boring Politics

Poll Suggests Happy People Mean Boring Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

It's no secret that economic prosperity during an election season favors the incumbent. The fact that Germany has strongly rebounded from the financial crisis in the last half-decade bodes well for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose Christian Democrats (CDU) are seeking re-election for a third term on Sunday. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying

SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

Revelations the US is spying on international bank transfers have angered European parliamentarians. Some are calling for the suspension of the SWIFT deal between the EU and US. "Washington must make clear where it stands," says one. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]