German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have called on Denmark and the United States to clarify the espionage scandal, according to DW. Tracking allies is unacceptable, the French leader said during a German-French ministerial council in virtual format on May 31. Berlin and Paris expect full openness from the Danish and American sides, Macron stressed.
The head of the German government also pointed out the inadmissibility of “espionage for friends.” Berlin is “reassured” by the Danish government’s position, which is “a good basis for building trust in addition to clarifying the facts,” Merkel added.
Official Copenhagen has already distanced itself from involvement in espionage. Systematic wiretapping of close allies is unacceptable, said Danish Defense Minister Trine Bramsen.
Earlier, a working group of the Danish Military Intelligence Service (FE) reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) – a unit of the US Department of Defense – in the period from 2012 to 2014 spied on leading politicians and high-ranking officials in Germany, Sweden, Norway and France , including the German Chancellor, incumbent German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then Foreign Minister, and Per Steinbrück, the Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) Chancellor’s candidate in the 2013 elections.