On the heels of John Kerry’s accusation that Russia’s behavior does not belong in the 21st century,Germany’s Angela Merkel has come out swining against the escalating spying scandal with the US (which saw allegations that the US had recruited two Germans to sell secrets this week). During an interview with ZDF, the German leader blasted “that we have different perceptions on the work of intelligence services,” adding that “we don’t live in the Cold War anymore.” The White House’s response, so far, a shrug of ‘business-as-usual’ from Josh Earnest; which fits with Merkel’s conclusion: “I think it’s not that easy to convince the Americans … to completely change the way their intelligence services work.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doubtful the U.S. will stop spying on Germany.
The chancellor said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF “I think it’s not that easy to convince the Americans … to completely change the way their intelligence services work.”
Germany on Thursday demanded Washington’s top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.
That move followed reports that U.S. intelligence had recruited two Germans — a man who worked at the country’s foreign intelligence agency and a defense ministry employee.
Asked whether she expected the Americans to change their behavior when it comes to spying on Germany, Merkel said “I can’t predict that, but certainly hope it will change.”