BRUSSELS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The European Union would seek talks with the United States over its alleged spying under a Franco-German initiative, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said here in the early hours of Friday.
"All 28 EU member states agreed on the nature of the initiative," Van Rompuy said at the press conference after finishing the first day of a two-day summit.
Britain also agreed with the initiative in spite of its close ties with the United States, Van Rompuy added.
France and Germany proposed during the summit to hold talks with the United States to settle the spying scandal by the end of the year, while inviting all the other EU member states to join the initiative, Van Rompuy said.
The alleged U.S. spying on its European allies partly dominated the summit that had been planned for talks about digital market and other social and economic issues.
On Thursday, Berlin summoned the U.S. ambassador over the allegations of spying on the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which was denied by the White House.
Merkel said upon arrival on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. conduct of bugging her phone was "unacceptable." She had called U.S. President Barack Obama on the eve of the summit, warning of the breach of trust
Earlier this week, French President Francois Hollande also asked for an explanation from Obama over the phone, following allegations of U.S. spying on millions of French phone calls.
The fresh round of spying scandals came only months after European media had reported about the U.S. national security agency' s bugging EU offices, based on the information leaked by Edward Snowden.
BERLIN, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The German Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador for talks on Thursday as German politicians voiced outrage at alleged U.S. spying on mobile phone communications of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson on Thursday "to make clear the incomprehension and anger of the German side of the reported eavesdropping activities among closest partners," German news magazine Der Spiegel quoted foreign ministry sources as saying. Full story
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- France on Wednesday demanded U.S. intelligence services cooperate with the French side in probe into alleged U.S. spying behaviors, as Germany voiced anger over alleged U.S. spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
French President Francois Hollande hoped that "a bilateral cooperation could be carried out between French and American intelligence services in order to figure out more clearly" the alleged spying practices of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), French government spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told a press conference, saying the proposal "was accepted by (U.S.) President Barack Obama." Full story
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that the United States "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her communications, said the White House on Wednesday. Full story
BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The German government voiced its anger on Wednesday evening at possible U.S. intelligence's spying on the mobile phone communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying it would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed.
In an unusual sharply-worded statement, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday after her government had received information on the possible spying.Full story