Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims
President says NSA will assess espionage allegations as France and Germany demand answers and warn of delay to trade talks
Europe Raises Heat Over Spying
France and Germany demanded that Washington respond to reports that the National Security Agency spied on European institutions, in the latest diplomatic eruption to follow the revelations by rogue contractor Edward Snowden.
French President François Hollande, abandoning the usual niceties of trans-Atlantic dialogue, told the U.S. to stop spying on European diplomatic outposts and suggested that coming free-trade talks between the EU and U.S. now hang in the balance.
“We demand that this stop immediately,” Mr. Hollande said in remarks carried on French television. “There’s enough evidence for us to ask for an explanation.”