Paul Adams (@BBCPaulAdams) July 03, 2013
So, is it a safe assumption that your surveillance program has jumped the shark when the Germans think you’re being a bit harsh? That seems to be the case according to Reuters, who is reporting that President Obama is having to soothe the nerves of our Teutonic allies. Apparently our friends in Germany think that the level of snooping by the NSA is a bit much.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to allay concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about reported U.S. spying on European allies on Wednesday, and they agreed to hold a high-level meeting on the subject in coming days.
Pres. Obama called Chanc. Merkel today – takes German concerns on NSA "seriously", reiterated support for TTIP….—
Gregor Peter Schmitz (@GPSchmitz) July 03, 2013
This comes after a spate of recent reports indicating that Merkel was about as pleased with the situation as McKayla Maroney was with her silver medal.
Oh well, at least this should provide an appropriate forum for the use of the Chancellor’s new favorite word.