U.S., German views on spying differ but still firm allies: Merkel

BERLIN Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:29am EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during a news conference in Berlin, July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during a news conference in Berlin, July 18, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany and the United States had differing views on data protection after new allegations of U.S. spying emerged this month but added that the partnership with America was nonetheless very important.

"We have different opinions on an area of cooperation between our services and also on the issue of security and protection of personal data, but that doesn't change the fact that the U.S. is our most important ally," she said at a news conference in Berlin.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Annika Breidthardt; Writing by Michelle Martin)

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Comments (2)
pbgd wrote:
Mrs. Merkel has a strange way of treating her “allies” worse than her adversaries. She attacks Obama and Cameron in a manner she would never dare to employ against Putin or China’s President Xi.

Jul 18, 2014 8:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:
Glad she at least said that…

Jul 18, 2014 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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