European officials lash out at new NSA spying report
A top German official accused the United States on Sunday of using “Cold War” methods against its allies, after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to claim that U.S. spies bugged European Union offices.
EU Parliament “Shocked” At NSA “Bugging” Diplomatic Offices; Threatens Trade Talks
The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, said he was “deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of U.S. authorities spying on EU offices” made in a report published Sunday by Der Spiegel. The latest round of NSA ‘transparency’ suggests U.S. intelligence agents bugged EU offices on both sides of the Atlantic, leaving some EU lawmakers calling for concrete sanctions against Washington – calling for an immediate investigation into the claims and suggesting that recently launched negotiations on a trans-Atlantic trade treaty should be put on hold. “If the media reports are accurate, then this recalls the methods used by enemies during the Cold War,” notes one German minister, adding that, “it is beyond comprehension that our friends in the United States see Europeans as enemies.” Schulz concludes, “It would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.”
Spying ‘Out of Control': EU Official Questions Trade Negotiations
Senior European Union officials are outraged by revelations that the US spied on EU representations in Washington and New York. Some have called for a suspension of talks on the trans-Atlantic free trade agreement.
Europeans are furious. Revelations that the US intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the European Union and several European countries with its far-reaching spying activities have led to angry reactions from several senior EU and German politicians.
“We need more precise information,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz. “But if it is true, it is a huge scandal. That would mean a huge burden for relations between the EU and the US. We now demand comprehensive information.”
BREAKING! Europe FURIOUS Over NSA Spying!!!
“Europe furious, ‘shocked’ by report of U.S. spying”
(CNN) — European officials reacted with fury Sunday to a report that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on EU offices.
The European Union warned that if the report is accurate, it will have tremendous repercussions.
“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement. “If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations. On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations.”