German Chancellor Merkel is angry with President Obama; so furious that she’s publicly calling the European Union to reconsider its intelligence cooperation with the United States, after reports that the National Security Agency tapped her and 35 other leaders phones.
Merkel denounced “spying among friends” at an EU meeting and, together with France, called for a renewed “frameworks for cooperation” on intelligence sharing by the end of the year.
“We have diplomatic relations and channels that we use in order to discuss these issues that have clearly caused some tension in our relationships with other nations around the world,” said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney
While the US categorically denies spying on Merkel, Carney did not reveal whether the US had ever spied on her. President Obama personally called Merkel to deny spying allegations–this evidently did not calm her fears.
Congress has proposed several changes to the NSA spying practices, but none include overseas practices.