Close
Log in
Please enter your login details

Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor during the Watergate scandal, has died aged 93 – REUTERS
  • President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker says he will present an EU investment programme of 300 billion euros before Christmas – REUTERS
  • Islamic State campaign against Yazidis in Iraq “may amount to attempted genocide”, says UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights – REUTERS
  • USA: Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo is free of the virus and will leave hospital in Nebraska on Wednesday – REUTERS
  • Canada raises its terrorism threat level from low to medium because of a rise in “general chatter” from radical Islamist groups – REUTERS
  • Brazil election poll shows President Rousseff with 52 percent of valid votes and Aecio Neves with 48 percent ahead of October 26 runoff – DATAFOLHA

A European Parliament committee has voted in favour of allowing whistlebower Edward Snowden to testify to the chamber in a special hearing. The proposal has divided MEPs and risks undermining US/EU relations.

The hearing could take place in April, but only if it is approved by a full parliament vote next month.

The Civil Liberties Committee back the planned appearance by 36 votes in favour, two members voted against, and there was one abstention.

The former US National Security Agency worker would testify by interactive video link from Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum.

Washington is seeking to have Snowden extradited to the US to face espionage charges.

He fled the country after leaking documents about the NSA’s spying activities, including its widespread monitoring of telephone and email data.

Subsequent revelations that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone had been monitored caused uproar across the EU.

Nevertheless, some centre-right MEPs are opposed to allowing Snowden to testify. Others are open to the idea but question its purpose.

“What can he explain to us that hasn’t already been published?” asked German MEP Axel Voss in December. Voss is from Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who belong to the centre-right European People’s Party grouping.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

More about:

Check out today's top stories