German spooks under scrutiny over claims French Foreign Minister Fabius was spied on

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German spooks under scrutiny over claims French Foreign Minister Fabius was spied on

<p>“Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel when allegations emerged in 2013 that the United States had bugged her mobile phone.</p> <p>But now Berlin has reportedly been spying on its closest European friend France, notably Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.</p> <p>He says he wants to know more about the claims made on Wednesday by the Berlin-based radio station, rbb Inforadio</p> <p>So does the German parliamentary committee that oversees intelligence agencies.</p> <p>“If these allegations stand up, then things are going to get complicated for some people in the Chancellery and the <span class="caps">BND</span> (foreign intelligence service),” said committee Chairman Andre Hahn.</p> <p>Germany is also alleged to have spied on the <span class="caps">FBI</span>, international organisations and even one of its own citizens – a diplomat.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Germany?src=hash">#Germany</a> spied on FBI, U.S. companies, French minister, UN, Vatican <a href="https://t.co/VkSJcG3aRD">https://t.co/VkSJcG3aRD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/spying?src=hash">#spying</a> <a href="https://t.co/2KY0GKfaI2">pic.twitter.com/2KY0GKfaI2</a></p>— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/WashTimes/status/664445753260142592">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Privacy is a sensitive issue in Germany due to extensive surveillance by Communist East Germany’s Stasi secret police and by the Nazi-era Gestapo.</p>