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Friday 1 August 2014

Angela Merkel 'not amused' by latest reports of spies in Germany

Published 10/07/2014|12:20

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama

German chancellor Angela Merkel is "not amused" by the latest reported cases of US spying in her country, a close ally has said.

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Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who was previously Germany's top security official, said Germany relies strongly on the United States in the fight against terrorism.

But he said "that doesn't mean that the Americans are allowed to recruit third-rate people here".

His comments on Phoenix television follow the arrest of one man and an investigation against another on suspicion of working for a foreign intelligence agency.

German media have reported that the men are suspected of passing secrets to the US.

Mr Schaeuble said if the claims turn out to be true it is "so stupid that one can only cry at the foolishness of it".

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