Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with U.S


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  • Friday, 25 Oct 2013

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Thursday that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.

Speaking after talks with EU leaders that were dominated by allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel's private mobile phone, the chancellor said she wanted action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words.

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