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

    Video Pop Icon Prince Quietly Helped Afghan Orphans for Years

    He sent thousands of dollars to help an aid group rebuild a training center for orphan boy and girl scouts in Kabul, but kept his involvement secret

    Mali, a Way Station for Syrians Headed to Europe

    Another door may be closing for Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, this time in Africa

    Britain’s Muslims See London Mayor Race as Victory

    Mere running of 45-year-old former government minister and son of Pakistani immigrants Sadiq Khan seen by many as turning point

    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.
    Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labori
    X
    May 05, 2016 6:44 PM
    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labor

    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
    Video

    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
    Video

    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
    Video

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora