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EU summit kicks off amid US spying allegations

Oct 24 2013, 2:16pm CDT | by IANS

Brussels, Oct 25 (IANS) Top leaders of the European Union (EU) gathered here Thursday for a two-day summit that is likely to be dominated by the alleged US spying on its allies, Xinhua reported.

Brussels, Oct 25 — Top leaders of the European Union (EU) gathered here Thursday for a two-day summit that is likely to be dominated by the alleged US spying on its allies, Xinhua reported. Although...

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EU summit kicks off amid US spying allegations

Oct 24 2013, 2:16pm CDT | by IANS

Brussels, Oct 25 (IANS) Top leaders of the European Union (EU) gathered here Thursday for a two-day summit that is likely to be dominated by the alleged US spying on its allies, Xinhua reported.

Brussels, Oct 25 — Top leaders of the European Union (EU) gathered here Thursday for a two-day summit that is likely to be dominated by the alleged US spying on its allies, Xinhua reported.

Although the summit is to focus on digital economy, growth and jobs, as well as the economic and monetary union, many EU leaders from the 28 member states expressed anger over the fresh reports of US spying on them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the alleged US spying on her mobile phone communications was "unacceptable". In a phone call on the eve of the summit, she told US President Barack Obama that trust among allies would need to be rebuilt.

Earlier Thursday, the German foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador as German politicians voiced their outrage over the allegations, which were denied by the White House.

This week, French President Francois Hollande also asked for an explanation from Obama following allegations of US spying on millions of French phones.

The latest spying allegations come months after European media reported, based on the information leaked by Edward Snowden, that the US national security agency had bugged EU offices.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy insisted Thursday that the summit would still discuss economic and social issues, adding that growth could return to most EU member states in the coming year.

But the summit's planned topics could be further overshadowed by immigration concerns in the aftermath of a shipwreck off an Italian island. British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged EU institutions to cut red tape on business.

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Chancellor Osborne: 'EU Membership Isn't Working for Britain'

Nov 4 2014 6:27am CST | Source: Big Government

EU membership is causing problems for Britain, as what was intended to be an economic partnership is turning into a political project, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has said. Responding to threats by the Commission that Britain would be forced to pay interest on the £1.7 billion top up currently being demanded, and also to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent doubts over Britain’s continued EU membership, Osborne indicated tha ...
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Brazil to avoid NSA spying with cable to Europe

Nov 3 2014 10:18am CST | Source: WND

NEW YORK – In an attempt to avoid NSA spying, Brazil is planning to lay 3,500 miles of fiber-optic cable under the Atlantic Ocean to bypass the U.S. and create a direct Internet connection to Europe. The estimated $185 million project, built without the help of U.S. companies, will stretch cable from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Portugal, Bloomberg News reported. One year ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivered a scathing speech to the United Nations General Assembly accusing the NSA of viol ...
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Cameron Plans 'German Friendly' EU Reforms To Save British Membership

Nov 3 2014 9:18am CST | Source: Big Government

David Cameron is considering cutting benefits for EU migrants rather than curbing immigration altogether in an effort to appease Germany. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is believed to have told the Prime Minister that if he takes steps to curb EU migration she will withdraw support for Britain's membership of the EU. The Prime Minister had hoped to put an annual quota on the number of migrants coming from the EU but Merkel warned this would be a “point on no return” on the path to leav ...
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Brazil builds trans-Atlantic cable to avoid NSA

Nov 3 2014 8:00am CST | Source: WND

(BLOOMBERG NEWS) Brazil is planning a $185 million project to lay fiber-optic cable across the Atlantic Ocean, which could entail buying gear from multiple vendors. What it won’t need: U.S.-made technology. The cable is being overseen by state-owned telecommunications company Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras SA (TELB4), known as Telebras. Even though Telebras’s suppliers include U.S. companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), Telebras President Francisco Ziober Filho ...
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7 weeks ago

Defence Sec: Britain 'Swamped' By Immigrants

Oct 27 2014 4:05am CDT | Source: Big Government

Britain is being "swamped" by immigrant workers, with towns "under siege" from EU migrants, the Defence Secretary has said. Speaking ahead of the crucial Rochester and Strood by-election, Michael Fallon confirmed that the government plans to introduce new measures to limit the amount of immigration to Britain, possibly even restricting the number of National Insurance numbers given to low-skilled EU migrants. Speaking to Sky News, Fallon said: “That is still being worked on a ...
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7 weeks ago

European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing

Oct 24 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As the movie "Citizenfour" about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden opens in theaters in the United States, we look at the impact his leaks have had on the debate over online privacy in Europe. The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports the NSA has accessed nearly 70 percent of telecommunications in Vienna, home to thousands of diplomats from around the world. Earlier this year, Germany ordered the removal of a top U.S. intelligence official in the country ...
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7 weeks ago

European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing

Oct 24 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As the movie "Citizenfour" about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden opens in theaters in the United States, we look at the impact his leaks have had on the debate over online privacy in Europe. The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports the NSA has accessed nearly 70 percent of telecommunications in Vienna, home to thousands of diplomats from around the world. Earlier this year, Germany ordered the removal of a top U.S. intelligence official in the coun ...
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