I don’t know which is the scarier possibility: that President Obama knew about the spying on our allied world leaders and is lying about it, or that he was ignorant of what the NSA was really doing.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 28, 2013 8:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 27, 2013 9:02 am|
German media reports new details related to National Security Agency spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. Her phone was on a list for monitoring since 2002. President Barack Obama was also apparently briefed by NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander on the program in 2010 and did not stop it.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 25, 2013 11:00 am|
Do we want a future where each and every country builds up surveillance apparatuses and turns them on one another to advance their agendas? Or do we want to discourage this and argue countries should not act with such naked self-interest and instead be more open and cooperative with another?
|By: DSWright Thursday October 24, 2013 8:35 am|
German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded answers from President Obama after learning the NSA had been spying on her cell phone. The allegation arose from reports by Der Spiegel, Germany’s paper of record. Merkel said the spying would be a “breach of trust” and threaten the good relationship between the United States and Germany.
|By: Peterr Saturday July 27, 2013 9:17 am|
The fallout of the Edward Snowden revelations continues, and each succeeding day seems to prove the wisdom of Sir Walter Scott’s poetry. Der Spiegel has been probing the consequences in Germany, one of which is the disruption of Angela Merkel’s annual vacation. Federal elections are just two months away — elections Merkel and her CDU compatriots have been expected to win easily — and she and her party are now playing defense over their relationship with the NSA.
This isn’t just a problem for Merkel and the Germans, but for the US as well, as it tries to engage in the world in diplomacy. The growing problem can be expressed quite easily: what happens the next time a US president goes to a foreign leader and says “We’d like your help with this little project . . .”? The more damage Merkel sustains over PRISM and other US spy projects, the more likely those foreign leaders will say “no thanks.”
Can’t anyone in DC think more than two steps ahead? Maybe if they read more Scottish poetry it would help.
|By: Attaturk Monday October 15, 2012 1:30 am|
Apparently there is even more — and quite rich — hostility toward the Greeks from a predictable source
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:45 pm|
We have a little schizophrenia happening in Germany. On the one hand, they lead Europe in demanding that Spain ask for their bailout already. Michael Meister, a top aide to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party, said that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “must spell out what the situation is,” and he warned that any bailout will come with strict conditions, or else the German parliament would reject it. Meister warned of a domino effect, with other troubled countries asking for bailouts without conditionality if Spain gets one.
At the same time, however, Germany wants to slow down the rush to bail out countries like Spain, for domestic political reasons.
|By: masaccio Sunday September 9, 2012 11:15 am|
Why would you want to be governed by Wall Street thugs managing trillions of dollars owned by tax-avoiding corporations, drug cartels, Saudi oil princes, secretive Taiwanese billionaires, and Russian mafia types?
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:10 am|
This EU summit scheduled for tomorrow has all the earmarks of a disaster. First, technocrats released a sovereignty-destroying proposal that would combine all of the worst elements of a fiscal union, not solving the growth imbalance problem while practically mandating austerity from the top, stripping authority from the elected representatives of the various countries.
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday June 6, 2012 12:20 pm|
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Today, Thomas Friedman tells us about the squandered opportunities around the world, siding with Angela Merkel’s lecturing to Europe and promoting the Bowles-Simpson scheme to redistribute income upwards.