News / Europe

German Chancellor: Trust in US Broken

FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen during the G7 Summit working dinner in Brussels.
FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen during the G7 Summit working dinner in Brussels.
VOA News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the breakdown in trust between her country and the United States over spying shows the two have "fundamentally different conceptions" about the work of intelligence agencies.

Chancellor Merkel told public broadcaster ZDF television Saturday she hoped the U.S. would change its spying behavior, adding that "we are not living in the Cold War era anymore."

According to reports by Agence France Presse, Merkel said "the thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working at the same time for someone else, that for me isn't a trusting relationship."

 

Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country after the reported discovery that two German government officials were working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday Washington valued its relationship with Germany. He said "allies with sophisticated intelligence agencies are aware of the activities and relationships that are included."

"The president has found Chancellor Merkel to be a very effective partner precisely because she is somebody who is able to identify the interests of her country and place them first, but can act in a collective cooperative spirit to advance the kind of agenda that's in the best interest of her country as well."

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Brutality Eroding IS Financial Support

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says IS's penchant for publicizing beheadings, other brutal forms of punishment hurts group’s bottom line More

Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

The studies point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered to be far in the future More

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials and human rights organizations assert that Pakistani authorities are using deadly attack at school in Peshawar as pretext to push out Afghan refugees More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Patrick from: Ca
July 14, 2014 3:49 AM
Interesting, agree with "not again", if Germany is our ally why don't they act like it!? I like a lot of what the Germans are doing with medicine and alternative energy, and agree with they're hesitation to get involved in others fights, but weren't they the country who tried to take over the world! Together we could forge a future of hope, let's stop the infighting and get back in the game!

by: Not Again from: Canada
July 13, 2014 7:40 AM
In my opinion- "We are not in the cold war" the language of East Germany; Merkel plays the lack of understanding of the situation; unfortunately she fails, potentially deliberately, to realize and consider that trust and working together is a two way street, and it requires allocation of resources. She needs to do a bit of introspection, and look at the many times when she has in fact opposed the desire/expectation of the Western allies on issues that are fairly straight forward; best observable (big media coverage) example is the case of repeated requests, by the US, to decleare Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Why would a gvmt/leader repeatedly disregard the issue? Stands to reason that a better understanding of the situation would be sought.
Another straight forward observable issue = Germany, with one of the largest economies on the planet, why would it not be willing to carry its fair share of the collective deterrent/security load? this lack of willigness is demonstrated by the minimalist approach to funding, outfitting, maintaning and training Germany's security forces; the continued expectation of going cheap on deterrence is not right, nor is it expecting other nations to pick up the slack.
The number of issues, that can't be readily explained, are many, not much of it has to do wrt trust, but in my opinion, has to do with attempting to establish confidence in the reasoning/logic wrt the minimalist approach, or non-responsive approach to the "collective expectations".
By not carrying a poportional load to its economic ability, its population size, and given ever increasing risks to global stability, as observed, there is no question the sit requires more active contributions, so why not?. The issue of trying to fully understand the thinking/logic comes about. Why oppose the obvious?

by: Jack
July 13, 2014 1:17 AM
Trust in US is broken - Unfortunate that this matter is now in the public domain, when it could have been dealt with internally, as compared with the Edward Snowden leaks, where no control was possible. Suffice to say the during Cold War area, East Germany was directly under the control of the Soviets and perhaps some introspection by the German Foreign Minister would be advantageous to himself and the Government.

by: Mark from: Virginia
July 12, 2014 10:24 PM
I have to side with Germany on this one...Shame on America for its spying efforts used against other countries. It is not how you treat an ally.
Its one thing to use intelligence gathering schemes on a country you suspect has ties to criminal activity / terrorist activity, its another thing to gather intelligence from a country that you consider a friend and ally. Its just not right. The Cold War is over. When are we going to realize that, and stop acting like its the 1950s....
In Response

by: me from: az
July 13, 2014 5:20 PM
the cold war isn't over in my opinion it just got a lot colder then it was, once the soviets fell. cause look what Russia is doing now, going after Ukraine, trying to gain back territory they had in the cold war. but anyways what I'm trying to say is, as the human race is right now we are going to be in a perpetual cold war until we can quit fighting over other peoples ideals or religion.

by: Todd from: Manitowoc, WI
July 12, 2014 9:17 PM
Here is the ONLY 100% source of trust:

Psalm 146:3; Do not put your trust in princes*
Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.+
4 His spirit* goes out, he returns to the ground;+
On that very day his thoughts perish.+
5 Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob as his helper,+
Whose hope is in Jehovah his God,+
6 The Maker of heaven and earth,
Of the sea, and of all that is in them,+
The One who always remains faithful,+

by: Robert Riversong from: Vermont USA
July 12, 2014 4:34 PM
Too little too late. Most awake and aware Americans lost trust in our government during the Vietnam War.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukrainei
X
March 03, 2015 3:11 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
Video

Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
Video

Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
Video

Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
Video

Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
Video

Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More