Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke with President Obama on Wednesday after reports that her personal cellphone was tapped, joined her french counterpart to call for talks with the U.S. to renegotiate their countries' intelligence sharing protocols, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
On July 24, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama addressed tens of thousands of Germans on the avenue that leads from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In a pointed reference to the outgoing administration of President George W. Bush, he promised a new era of "allies who will listen to each other, who will learn from each other, who will, above all, trust each other."
One German present among the hugely enthusiastic crowd said the occasion reminded him of Berlin's famous "Love Parade." No U.S. politician since John F. Kennedy had so captured Europeans' imagination.
Five years on, in the words of the song, it's a case of "After the Love Has Gone." The U.S. ambassador in Berlin has been summoned to the foreign ministry over reports in Der Spiegel that the U.S. National Security Administration (NSA) monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's official cellphone. His counterpart in Paris received a similar summons earlier this week after revelations in Le Monde.
"The outrage is predictable, even though we know various countries spy on each other pretty regularly. German President Angela Merkel and the French President are calling for closer cooperation among the intelligence gathering services," CNN's Joe Johns reports.
Both Der Spiegel and Le Monde used documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, lamented a "grave breach of trust." One of Chancellor Merkel's closest allies, Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told broadcaster ARD there would be consequences.
France's President Francois Hollande said Friday morning: "A rule of good conduct is that you don't bug the portable phones of people you meet regularly at international summits."