Merkel to Obama: ‘Spying among friends is not acceptable’

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Amid allegations that the US had been spying on EU leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she has made clear to US president Barack Obama that ‘spying among friends is not acceptable.

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for an EU Summit, Merkel told reporters on her arrival that Europe needs ‘to reflect on what data protection agreements and transparency is needed for that’.

The digital single market will dominate the EU’s pre-summit agenda, with discussions being spiced up after revelations of deep US spying on France. Other issues on the agenda include immigration policies following the Lampedusa tragedy, banking union and the social dimension for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

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