Philipp Mißfelder, the foreign policy spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats in the Bundestag, has said that the German relationship with the United States is worse than during the most recent U.S.-led war in Iraq because of revelations related to American spying.
(Reuters) - Relations between Germany and the United States are worse now than during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago, a leading ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, in a sign of mounting anger in Berlin over American spying tactics.
Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, said Berlin should bar U.S. access to a database of international financial transactions unless Washington promises to stop spying in Germany. The lawmaker is expected to be confirmed soon as the government coordinator for U.S. ties.
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