October 24th, 2013
02:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Merkel calls Obama: Spying on friends 'never acceptable'

(CNN) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that trust between Europe and the United States must be "reestablished" after claims the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on her cell phone.

Merkel commented as she arrived at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels, Belgium, which risks being overshadowed by anger about allegations the United States has been spying on its allies.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Don't Worry, Be Happy

    More lies and a made up story by the MSM. Everybody knows that Obama and the USA is loved and revered around the world since his election. Germany needs to just chill and learn the we know what is best for them and if that means a little spying well then so be it.

    October 24, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Like most countries don't do it. Calm down Germany!

    October 24, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Bebe Netanyahu, what say you to this?

    October 24, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    So is she saying spying on non-friends is OK? She reminds me of LaPierre. We can only stop a bad guy with a gun by having a good guy carrying a gun too.

    Either way ... you snooze, you lose.

    Just what did everyone think Ronald Reagan (and every President since) put up in the air with his "star wars" defense program ... star gazers?

    October 24, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Peace

    Unless one was born yesterday and be told today about spying on each other. This is not new and shouldn't surprise anyone. It has been there ever since.

    October 24, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Romy Monteyro

    First our friends in the world all laugh at us for electing a nincompoop like Obama and an equally zany Biden as P & VP. Now their laughter has been suddenly changed to great a dislike and who knows later perphaps hatred, because of Obama's out of control shenanigans and lust for power! It's not funny anymore, our friends are now saying and our enemies are applaudiing! The question is: "How long are we going to let this Kenyan moron get away with his antics?" This can't go on forever, that's for sure! But when do we put our foot down and tell this pseudo-American enough is enough?

    October 24, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Nat Security

    I am going to have to create a spreadsheet to keep track of all of the countries who we have slighted in the last few months. Strangely, most of them are our allies....or used to be our allies.

    October 24, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I'm shocked, shocked to find that spying is going on in here!

    October 24, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. ST

    Like any other countries in the world, Germany has also INTELLIGENCE OFFICES. What their workers do there? Just sitting and drinking beer?

    October 24, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    After reading just a few comments from the RWNJs, you now know why the republicans and their base are brain dead.

    October 24, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. TONE

    @Romy Monteyro
    I bet you wear white sheet, and a hood at night,and burn cross on people of color front lawn like the coward you are. What a racist, and ignorant comment

    October 24, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. smendler

    Dear World: You think we're doing a lot of spying on you NOW? Wait till (God forbid) we gat another Republican in the WHite House!

    October 24, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    What CNN, predictably, forgets to tell anyone is that this goes back to Bush's administration (as shown by the 2006 memo other sites are bothering to include in their reporting). CNN actually WANTS people to think this is all about Obama and all Obama's administration and all Obama's doing, etc., because it makes for a more virulent, confrontational, divisive nontroversy.

    October 24, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "I am going to have to create a spreadsheet to keep track of all of the countries who we have slighted in the last few months"

    Yes, "last few months," because the 35 leaders of our allies that were spied on under Bush...that has nothing to do with why they're upset with us now. It's all so very predictable. The leak of this information occurs now, so the GOP/Teatrolls pretend that it means the spying and "slights" occurred now and under Obama. Reality; this goes waaaaay back several years to Bush and the neocon national security state he began developing while the GOP cheered him and demanded it, all while standing in front of 10 foot tall TV screens replaying scenes from 9/11.

    October 24, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Hey, its also not nice to annex the Sudetenland and invade most of Europe, yet people seem to have forgiven your people, Angela. What's next, signing a non-aggression pact with Russia?

    October 24, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |