Merkel Says NSA Scandal is Harming Talks on US-EU Trade Deal



BERLIN, Nov. 19 (UPI) — The National Security Agency spying scandal is poisoning talks to forge a far-reaching U.S.-EU trade deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

"The relationship with the U.S. and the negotiation of a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement are currently, without doubt, being put to the test by the accusations that have been aired against the U.S. about the gathering of millions of bits of data," Merkel told the lower house of Germany's Parliament.