European leaders are indignant after allegations that the U.S. bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and monitored millions of German and French telephone calls. At a summit on Friday, European Union leaders warned that such spying could harm legitimate intelligence gathering efforts. Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that the National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. We discuss the issue.
Annette Heuser, executive director, Bertelsmann Foundation
Kurt Volker, executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership
Daniel Hamilton, executive director, Center for Transatlantic Relations; executive director of the American Consortium on EU Studies