The USA is endangering the most important foundation of the trans-Atlantic partnership.

The USA is endangering the trans-Atlantic partnership - Comment on 2013 December 17

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Germany’s dismay that the United States could engage in the kind of surveillance Mr. Snowden has disclosed. Read more:

I bring extracts from a news item I read today:

U.S.-Germany intelligence partnership falters over spying

The distaste within the German political establishment for the United States’ approach extends beyond former citizens of East Germany, like Ms. Merkel. Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the Social Democratic Party and deputy chancellor in Ms. Merkel’s new government, took time in a speech last month to emphasize Germany’s dismay that the United States could engage in the kind of surveillance Mr. Snowden has disclosed.

“The United States, the country we Germans have so much to thank for,” Mr. Gabriel said at a party congress in Leipzig, “is at the moment endangering the most important foundation of our trans-Atlantic partnership.”

One gets the impression that Merkel and Gabriel share the same opinion regarding the present relationship between Germany and the USA.

It will be interesting to see what the new German government is going to do about Obama and the USA.

Gabriel had expressed his opinion already before, see 2013 Nov 08 – Germany: Gabriel calls Obama an egg-thief.

So that seems to be what the two leaders of the two parties think, which form the government and the opposition party calls the USA a regime of fear, see 2013 Nov 04 (2) – Germany: Sahra Wagenknecht defends freedom and democracy, and the second opposition party, its Mr Ströbele, has direct contact with Snowden.

See also
2013 Nov 10 (2) – Germany: The blind Westerwelle
2013 Nov 21 (3) – The Ukraine and Germany and freedom

 

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