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German minister blasts alleged US surveillance

German minister: can't go back to business as usual after Merkel-US surveillance allegations

German minister blasts alleged US surveillance

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's defense minister says Europe can't simply return to business as usual in its relations with Washington following allegations that U.S. intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

Thomas de Maiziere said that would be "really bad" if confirmed but stressed Thursday that the Americans "are and remain our best friends" and relations will remain stable.

Merkel's government says she complained to President Barack Obama Wednesday after receiving information her cellphone may have been monitored. The White House said it isn't monitoring Merkel's communications.

Asked about possible effects on U.S.-German and U.S.-European relations, de Maiziere told ARD television: "We can't simply return to business as usual. There are allegations in France too."

This week, France demanded explanations of a report the U.S. swept up millions of French phone records.


Updated : 2020-12-03 22:31 GMT+08:00