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Germany to Top US Spy: Leave

Merkel: US, Germany have 'different approaches' to spying

(Newser) - Germany took the dramatic step today of asking the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. The move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as... More »

Berlusconi: I Did Not Call Merkel 'Un[bleep]able'

Plus: more hijinks from Silvio's interview with the BBC

(Newser) - Oh, those wacky European leaders: Perhaps the wackiest of them all, Silvio Berlusconi, gave an interview to the BBC's Jeremy Paxman that aired last night, and predictable ridiculousness ensued, reports the Guardian . Asked point-blank, "Do you have a particular problem with Angela Merkel? Is it true you called... More »

Obama: No One Wants 'Actual War With Russia'

Meanwhile, Ukrainian commander released after ultimatum

(Newser) - The US won't be sending troops to Crimea anytime soon. President Obama effectively ruled out a military response to Russia's land grab yesterday, USA Today reports. "We do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia," he told KSDK-TV , in an interview ostensibly about raising... More »

Merkel 'Hitler' Photo in Israel Is a Sensation

Netanyahu casts an unfortunate shadow on German leader

(Newser) - Photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post wins craziest-photo-of-the-day honors, and it might be tough to beat him in all of 2014. He captured Benjamin Netanyahu casting a shadow on German leader Angela Merkel's face that looks for all the world like a Hitler mustache, reports Mediaite . The... More »

Obama: Weed Is Not 'More Dangerous Than Alcohol'

David Remnick profiles the cautious president

(Newser) - President Obama takes the long view, considers the odds in any decision, sees both sides of the story, doesn't particularly like schmoozing—ring a bell? David Remnick's New Yorker profile won't exactly change your view of the president, but it does offer a few news nuggets, like... More »

Merkel Breaks Pelvis in 'Low-Speed' Ski Mishap

Has canceled visits, will rest for 3 weeks

(Newser) - Angela Merkel's posterior is making headlines this morning after she suffered "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis" after a "low speed" cross-country skiing accident while on holiday in Switzerland, a spokesman said, per the BBC and the AP... More »

Obama Didn't Know NSA Spied on World Leaders

He 'doesn't sign off on this stuff,' official says

(Newser) - US officials (though unnamed ones) have for the first time owned up to tapping the phones of 35 world leaders—an admission made in the course of issuing a denial: They tell the Wall Street Journal that President Obama had no knowledge of that monitoring until after the Edward Snowden... More »

NSA Blamed for Spying on 60M Spanish Calls in One Month

El Mundo report cites Snowden papers

(Newser) - The latest claim that could make US-Europe relations even frostier: The NSA allegedly tracked more than 60 million phone calls in Spain between December 2012 and January 2013. Spanish newspaper El Mundo made the claim today, Reuters reports, citing documents it said were obtained from Edward Snowden via Glenn Greenwald.... More »

Hey, NSA, Enough With the Handyüberwachung

That's German for spying on cell phones, writes Roger Cohen

(Newser) - Word of the day comes courtesy of Roger Cohen at the New York Times : handyüberwachung. The Germans coined it to describe spying on cell phone calls, and it's been in heavy rotation of late given allegations that the US eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal calls. She... More »

Germany Wants the UN to Hamper NSA Spying

Merkel's government goes into overdrive to counter US efforts

(Newser) - Germany is not reacting kindly to revelations that the NSA may have tapped Angela Merkel's phone . Along with fellow outraged NSA target Brazil, it intends to introduce a new UN resolution that would explicitly extend the privacy protections in the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights to communications... More »

Merkel Calls Obama: Did You Tap My Phone?

German chancellor says it would be 'a serious breach of trust'

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Obama today after learning that US intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, saying that would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed. For its part, the White House denied that the US is listening in on Merkel's phone calls... More »

After Huge Win, Merkel Shops New Coalition

Party falls just short of historic absolute majority

(Newser) - Angela Merkel is all but certain to serve a third term as chancellor of Germany after scoring a massive win in the country's election—but despite leading her Christian Democratic Union party to its best result in 23 years, she'll still need a partner to form a government.... More »

Merkel Leads Exit Polls, Hails 'Super Result'

But looks like she'll have to forge a coalition

(Newser) - Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservatives will do everything to make the next four years successful for Germany after what appears to be a triumphant election win. ARD and ZDF television projections today showed a wide lead for Merkel's conservative Union bloc over challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats.... More »

Intruder Stages Epic Party on Merkel's Jet

He took off his pants, sprayed foam, did some wing-dancing

(Newser) - A stoned intruder managed to get aboard Germany's equivalent of Air Force One, and security officials can take only two positives from the mess: The jet was empty at the time, and the guy apparently had no interest in getting the fully fueled plane into the air. Instead, he... More »

Merkel Visits Nazi Camp, Then Beer Tent

Historic visit followed by campaign rally, doesn't sit well with some

(Newser) - Angela Merkel made history yesterday by becoming the first German chancellor to visit the site of Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp where more than 41,000 people died ... and then she promptly and unfortunately retired to a beer tent for a re-election campaign rally. The two events were separated by... More »

Al-Qaeda Hatching Train Plot: Report

NSA allegedly tips off Germany

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda may be plotting to attack Europe's high-speed rail network, according to a report in Germany's Bild newspaper. According to the report, the NSA overheard the plan while listening in on an al-Qaeda conference call, the AFP reports—possibly the same conference call that reportedly led to the... More »

Germany is NSA's 'Most Prolific Partner': Report

New documents reveal extent of US-German spying cooperation

(Newser) - Barack Obama isn't the only world leader suffering over leaked information about NSA surveillance—Germany's Angela Merkel is also in the firing line. On Friday, she spent her annual news conference dealing with increasing concerns that the US has been spying on German citizens, the New York Times... More »

Obama, Merkel Plan Meeting on US Spying

As EU officials gather to discuss reports

(Newser) - President Obama and Angela Merkel have discussed US spying allegations by phone, the White House says, and they're organizing a meeting between US and German security officials on the issue. "The president assured the chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and... More »

As Snowden Vanishes, Russia Reaches Out to Him

NSA whistleblower drops out of sight in Hong Kong

(Newser) - Edward Snowden checked out of his hotel in Hong Kong yesterday and has essentially disappeared. And while he is believed to still be in the territory, Russia has suggested it might welcome the man who exposed the NSA's secret surveillance, the Wall Street Journal reports. If a request for... More »

PhD Stripped From German Education Minister

Annette Schavan plagiarized 30-year-old thesis: university

(Newser) - Irony alert: Germany's minister of education just lost her doctorate. The University of Düsseldorf has stripped Annette Schavan of her PhD, it announced yesterday, because she carried out "a deliberate deception through plagiarism." An anonymous blogger last year accused Schavan of plagiarizing sections of her thesis... More »

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