European countries are lining up to condemn allegations of US spying on the EU. Referring to the Der Spiegal magazine reports, Germany’s justice minister said the Cold-War-style methods required a full inquiry. France has said, if confirmed, the news is “completely unacceptable.”
Demanding answers from the US, the EU got the response that America was checking the “accuracy of the information” and would “get back to them.”
European Parliament President Martin Schulz said he was shocked by the news.
“If it is true why does the United States treat us how they would treat a hostile power? Do democracies need to spy on each other? I will ask the US ambassador for explanations,” declared Schulz.
The EU-US trade agreement, which would create the world’s largest free trade area, hang in the balance. Some have called for talks to be put on ice.
Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn said:
“It is absolutely unacceptable that fundamental liberties are affected and therefore I believe we immediately need to establish trust at the highest level of European Union and United States.”
America has previously defended the National Security Agency’s actions as essential in the fight against terrorism. Some in the EU feel that spying on political institutions crosses the line.