October 25th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

EU leaders warn U.S. spying scandal may hamper fight against terror

European leaders warned Friday that reports of widespread spying on world leaders by the U.S. National Security Agency have raised "deep concerns" among Europeans and could affect the cooperation needed for effective intelligence gathering.

"A lack of trust could prejudice the necessary cooperation in the field," the leaders said in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of a two-day European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that Madrid has summoned U.S. Ambassador James Costos over the matter. The U.S. Embassy in Madrid declined to comment, saying that Rajoy's statement stands for itself.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the assertions that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on her and other world leaders had "severely shaken" relationships between Europe and the United States, and trust will have to be rebuilt.

"Obviously, words will not be sufficient," Merkel told reporters Thursday in Brussels. "True change is necessary."

Germany and France intend to seek talks with the United States "with the aim of finding before the end of the year an understanding on mutual relations in that field," the EU leaders' statement said. Other nations are welcome to join these talks, it noted.

French President Francois Hollande, speaking in Brussels, said the aim of the talks would be to establish a joint cooperation framework with the United States "so we put an end to these practices and ... these monitoring schemes."

Hollande said there is an "ongoing dialog" with the United States over its past actions, but the priority is establishing a "code of conduct" for the present and future.

This is essential because France and its European allies "cannot accept" the kind of monitoring which has gone on, whose purpose "is not just political - it is mainly an economic issue," Hollande said.

"It is relevant to the markets, to the prices, to the mergers and acquisitions. This is where the monitoring may have the highest impact - on jobs in particular," he said.

The main purpose of intelligence efforts is tackling terrorism and ensuring security, he said, but no one should have to fear their personal data being used.

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  1. Brian O'Connor

    If you want a real snapshot about the NSA scandal over the past few months but also much more, watch this : http://youtu.be/lH5y-_nYEds

    Everything we always wanted to know about the NSA: How the NSA has secretly made the internet less secure, how the NSA spies on every US citizens, what's its impact on global financial transactions, what were its relations with foreign countries. Very interesting and instructive !

    October 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  2. Paul

    If you want to know more, go over to RT news, CNN and the others will not tell you every thing.

    October 27, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
  3. California

    I can remember when people said big brother was a conspiracy theory.

    Now they just say "SO".

    October 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  4. California

    I'm sure the federal government is even spying all over itself. Congress, the other parties ect....

    This makes Watergate look like a picnic.

    October 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  5. California

    So much for allies.

    October 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  6. Random

    Every country spies. You can argue the cold war was cold because of adequate spies on both russias and our side. Glad the rest of the world is getting a chance to appear concerned and outraged but lets be honest
    we are not the only ones doing it.
    We are not going to stop,
    Americans probably dont like it that they are being spied on but I havent heard a single one who stood against it for the sake of stopping the NSA from spying on the rest of the world. That is after all their job.

    The world came close to ending only staved off by vast intel networks.

    Simply put my desired response to the people who are 'outraged' would be obama sitting down with them and proving their country is doing the same things and respectfully laughing at them for the 'outrage'.

    October 26, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
  7. ShiverMeTimbers

    The real terrorist nation is Israel. Investigate the Israeli nukes.

    October 26, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
  8. WERTWERT32452345

    Unfortunately, this spy scandal won't change a thing since the gutless wonders who currently run Europe will still crawl to Washington for leadership! These people all seem to have lost their national pride along with their self respect. All they do now is to carry out orders from Washington D.C. with blind obedience! Let's hope that Ukraine and Georgia don't fall into the same trap!

    October 26, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  9. StanCalif

    No need to worry! The next round of sequestration will give Obama the opportunity to close 10 military bases in Germany, which he should do anyway. Merkel will fall in love with Obama all over again! The biggest economy and industrial country in Europe still thinks it's our job to protect them!

    You won't read this on fox, but Putin is very actively trying to rebuild the old Soviet Union. His former states are under immense pressure (economically, politically and subversively) to stay out of joining the European Union. His biggest prize, Ukraine, is very close. Putin will insure this doesn't happen.

    Meanwhile, Putin rapidly built a huge pipeline system to sell his gas to Europe. He did not do this for economic gain. Putin wants control and will shut off your cheap gas in a minute if you upset him! Gas is his new weapon of choice! No need for ICBMs or monster submarines that explode on its maiden voyage! All antiques now!

    October 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Well put, Stan. Now let's all hope that Vladimir Putin succeeds in his current endeavor to rebuild the old Soviet Union. We sorely need some kind of counterweight to a U.S. controlled Europe.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  10. altelaghani

    Reblogged this on Arrazi@Altelaghani Blog..

    October 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  11. altelaghani

    Reblogged this on Arrazi@Altelaghani Blog..

    October 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Reply
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  13. George Patton-2

    Hopefully, this may be good news since the so-called "war on terrorism" has been nothing but a huge fraud from the getgo! This has been no more, no less that our fight for expansionism in both the Middle East and Central Asia began by the Bush Administration in 2001. Then again, the European countries have been at it for more than 150 years as they carved out colonies in both Asia and Africa which became one of the contributing factors leading to WW1!!!

    October 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • WERTWERT32452345

      Well put, George. Yes, this government unfortunately has the vast majority of the American public fooled over this "war on terrorism". They need to follow your posts so that they may somehow wise up!

      October 26, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply

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