Hello Big Brother – What “Merkelphone” means for the U.S – German Relationship

German media are upset in a way I have never seen before. Even conservative editors who mostly have a pro american view point out the political explosive force of this topic. They ask: Are we an enemy of the U.S?

It feels strange today to live in the United States as a German. To live in a country which probably monitors all the electronic communication you do, even if it analyzes it or not. To live in a country which secret services are able to monitor all online or phone communication. A country that does not recoils to monitor the government leaders and presidents of other countries. Okay, one could expect that from enemy countries. But not from friends. It is nearly safe the U.S. secret services monitored or monitor the communication of the the german government including chancellor Angela Merkel and 34 other countries. German media are upset in a way I have never seen before. Even conservative editors who mostly have a pro american view point out the political explosive force of this topic. They ask: Are we an enemy of the U.S? Even the main German news TV-show “Tagesschau” doubts the friendship between Germany and the U.S. by calling them our “allegedly american friends”. Continue reading “Hello Big Brother – What “Merkelphone” means for the U.S – German Relationship”