Merkel doubtful US will stop spying on Germany

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:56 pm IST

Published - July 12, 2014 07:59 pm IST - BERLIN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doubtful the US will stop spying on Germany.

“I think it’s not that easy to convince the Americans ... to completely change the way their intelligence services work,” Ms. Merkel said in an interview with ZDF.

Germany on Thursday demanded Washington’s top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of US espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.

That move followed reports that US intelligence had recruited two Germans - a man who worked at the country’s foreign intelligence agency and a Defence Ministry employee.

Asked whether she expected the Americans to change their behaviour when it comes to spying on Germany, Ms. Merkel said “I can’t predict that, but certainly hope it will change.”

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