Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claimsSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:42
Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims
President says NSA will assess espionage allegations as France and Germany demand answers and warn of delay to trade talks
Ian Traynor in Brussels and Dan Roberts in Washington
The Guardian, Monday 1 July 2013
Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the US.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French president, François Hollande, demanded quick explanations from Washington about disclosures by the Guardian and Der Spiegel that US agencies bugged European embassies and offices. Berlin stressed there had to be mutual trust if trade talks were to go ahead in Washington on Monday.
Hollande went further, indicating the talks could be called off unless the alleged spying was stopped immediately and US guarantees were provided.