Obama, Merkel agree to talks on US spying


The US, Germany, and probably other nations will soon hold talks on American surveillance tactics that include alleged spying on European allies. Amid reports that the US has bugged various embassies and missions, President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had what sounds like an uncomfortable discussion by phone on Wednesday, the White House reported. “The President assured the Chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and partners,” said a White House statement on the call. The White House said Obama and Merkel agreed to “a high-level meeting of US and German security officials in the coming days” to discuss surveillance issues disclosed in news leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden.