Surveillance

Germany Seeks Pledge from US on Spying

Wants privacy guaranteed for citizens

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Germany is seeking "credible and verifiable" commitments from the United States to guarantee the privacy of German citizens, according to a draft coalition document that reflects lingering resentment in Berlin over the U.S. response to spying allegations.

The paper, produced by a foreign affairs working group that has been negotiating a policy blueprint for a new German government, reaffirms Berlin's commitment to a free trade pact between the EU and United States, calling it a "vital project".

But it also makes clear that trust between the close post-war allies needs to be restored in the wake of revelations that the United States may have tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.