Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with U.S.
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 01:50
Oct. 25 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel demands that the United States strike a ''no-spying'' agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped. Sarah Toms reports.
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E.U. leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on Friday.
They were due to discuss the migration dilemma but instead the talks have been overshadowed by a row over spying.
It follows claims that the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and millions of French calls have been monitored by the US National Security Agency.
She warned the U.S. that eavesdropping on allies was unacceptable, saying "spying on friends, that's just not done".
(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAYING:
"I think the most important thing is to find a basis for the future on which we can operate and as I said today trust needs to be rebuilt, which implies that trust has been severely shaken, and the members of the European Union shared those concerns today. But we all know that we have such important tasks in the world that we can only master together, and that we are responsible for our mutual security that we simply need to look into the future. Obviously words will not be sufficient. True change is necessary."
Merkel has demanded a complete explanation of the phone tapping claims which emerged in the German media.
Paris and Berlin are united in their outrage.
Merkel and French President Francois Hollande want to hold talks with the US by the end of the year.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING:
"To be more specific, we will make sure that between the various services, we can not only clarify what happened in the past but we can agree upon rules for the future."
White House spokeman Jay Carney said there was no doubt the revelations had caused tensions between the US and its allies.
He reiterated that Obama had assured the German Chancellor that her phone is not being listened to now and will not be in the future but that statement still left open the question of whether calls had been listened to in the past.
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