German Anger at US Spying Continues

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am

In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.

 

Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

German Chancellor Told President Obama NSA Were ‘Like Stasi’

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 9:15 am

According to a report from the New York Times, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Obama that the actions of the NSA reminded her of those done by the notorious East German spy agency, the Stasi. The Stasi were the secret police unit of the East German Communist Party and gained notoriety for their all invasive surveillance tactics, among other things. Merkel grew up in communist-controlled East Germany.

What Is the Point of Spying on Allied World Leaders if the President Doesn’t Know?

By: Monday October 28, 2013 8:00 am

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.

NSA Official: Obama Was Informed of Spying on Merkel’s Cellphone, Let It Continue

By: 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.

The Banal Justification for Directing the US Surveillance State at World Leaders

By: 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?

German Chancellor Confronts President Obama About NSA Spying on Her Cellphone

By: 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.

The Consequences of Weaving Tangled Webs, German Edition

By: 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.

Oh spare me…

By: Monday October 15, 2012 1:30 am

Apparently there is even more — and quite rich — hostility toward the Greeks from a predictable source

Germany Both Demanding and Delaying Eurozone Bailouts

By: 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.

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