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Macron demands to know If US is still spying on EU leaders

01.06.2021
French president says ‘there’s no room for suspicion’
French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a press conference upon the 22nd German-French Ministerial Council videoconference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on May 31, 2021.
French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a press conference upon the 22nd German-French Ministerial Council videoconference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on May 31, 2021.
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French President Emmanuel Macron urged the U.S. to clarify media reports that American intelligence monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European politicians with the help of Denmark.

“If the information is correct, then that’s unacceptable between allies, and even less so between European allies,” Macron told reporters after a bilateral meeting with Merkel. “We expect complete openness and a clarification of the facts from our Danish and American partners.”

The aim isn’t just to find out what spying activities happened in the past, but also to determine “which practices are still going on today” in order to maintain trust between the U.S. and Europe, he said, adding that “there’s no room for suspicion between us.”

Merkel said she agreed with Macron’s position.

Denmark’s state broadcaster DR cited a classified report saying that the Danish Defense Intelligence Service allowed the U.S. National Security Agency to use the country’s internet cables for spying on Merkel and politicians in France, Sweden and Norway. Denmark is one of America’s closest allies in Europe.

The latest spying allegations come years after Wikileaks reported that the U.S. had bugged the phone of Merkel and other world leaders. Then-President Barack Obama promised that the U.S. wouldn’t spy again on Germany during his tenure.

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