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German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany

U.S. President Barack Obama stopped the National Security Agency's (NSA) spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, but a German newspaper claims that the NSA is still keeping a close watch on top German government officials. 
According to Reuters, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany, including Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.
Bild am Sonntag said its information came from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany, who chose to remain anonymous. 
"We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly," said the NSA employee, according to Bild am Sonntag.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama [SOURCE: Truth Frequency Radio]

Berlin has been looking to make a "no-spy" deal with Washington, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due to visit the U.S. on Thursday for that purpose. 

In October 2013, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. had tapped Chancellor Merkel phone for years, and spied on 34 other world leaders as well. This led one German politician to call for a complete halt on trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S.

But Obama attempted to calm the situation in January when he ordered the NSA to stop spying on the leaders of U.S.-allied nations.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill

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RE: >.<
By Strunf on 2/25/2014 7:34:05 AM , Rating: 2
I think you have no real knowledge how the EU operates, Germany is no more the de facto leaders of the EU than the Banks and wall street are the de facto leaders of the US...

RE: >.<
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2014 12:01:22 PM , Rating: 3
But, the Banks and Wall Street ARE the de facto leaders of the US.... well, also add Corporations for good measure. That's USA in a nutshell. Germany does indeed have LARGE and disproportionate influence over EU policy in virtually all respects. Unless you consider the German economy as it pertains to the EU economic share as a whole. Then it's quite proportionate.

RE: >.<
By Aloonatic on 2/25/2014 2:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
a) I clearly have more of an idea about the EU than you do. I've lived in it all my life, I'm guessing that you haven't.

b) Your counter point is poor. The Banks of Wall Street aren't a political entity, they are an economic one, and as such they are the de facto leaders on the global economy by being the largest, most dominant players. Kinda how as a certain country is the largest, most dominant state in the EU. Now which one is that????

RE: >.<
By Strunf on 2/26/2014 5:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
a)The thing is I live in Europe... otherwise I wouldn't care about what you say of Europe.

b)Germany is not a political entity either... the point is that it's no more difficult to Americans to change their laws as it is for anyone else in Europe, with the advantage that there's not really a single person in Europe that can change the laws for every state. Also you may think that Germany is somehow pulling the strings however that's not really the case, they have to associate themselves with France just so they can have more votes when passing some actions, so it's still a democracy even at the EU level.

RE: >.<
By Aloonatic on 2/27/2014 5:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
I think the subtleties of what I am saying are clearly lost on you and you are one of those binary people who can only think of issues and what people say in and all or nothing way, or at best (to be generous) English isn't your first language, which I think is probably the case, after reading your second paragraph a few times, which still makes no sense.

I'll guess at what you mean though. It seems that you are denying that Germany is the most powerful and influential country in the EU? You also seem to think that I have said that they rule over the EU can make all the rules and that it's not a democracy of some kind? I didn't, I said that they are the de facto leaders. Maybe to you, it that is the same thing, but to me it's not. I am from a country where a leader still has to get others to agree with them to get things done. No "string pulling" etc, but they are influential, and would be worth spying on, compared to others.

As an aside. The funny thing is, when you see Chancellor Merkel and hear from other Germans, it seems that (since the financial crisis, which is when they've been thrust into this position) they really aren't comfortable with their position.

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