US-german relations

Ukraine is not enough to warm up US-German relations

WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, finishes his two-day visit to Washington today with at least some unintended achievement: the U.S. and Germany agree on the importance of a truly independent and democratic Ukraine. The revolution in Kiev and the menacing attitude of Russia have prompted an unexpected rapprochement between Berlin and Washington. However, a real warming up of US-German relations seems improbable.

Snowden affair

Snowden Affair | Frustration at failing to be spied?

MADRID | By JP Marín Arrese | In the EU melt pot no one has a clear idea where are we heading for. Having access to encrypted e-mails from government officials, as the Snowden affair exposes, won’t lead you much far in understanding the Old Continent.

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Can espionage kill the US-EU Free Trade Agreement?

NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | Half a million phone calls, emails and text messages bugged by the American security agency in Germany over a typical month; microphones at the French, Italian and Greek missions and Embassies in Washington… European leaders are outraged. The last Snowden saga revelations might compromise their trade deal with the US.