Berlin must not erect a data wall: Merkel should temper anger at US and tread with care

Last October Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, discovered that the US security services regularly listened to her mobile phone when she was her country’s opposition leader. Three months after that revelation emerged from Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, her anger remains raw.President Barack Obama has sought to reduce tensions, pledging last month that Washington will no longer spy on the leaders of many allied nations. That went down well with President François Hollande of France, who told Mr Obama last week that “mutual trust has been restored” between the US and his country.

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