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The European Union is considering a possible imposition of sanctions on the United States as a response to Washington’s massive spying activities on its closest European allies.

German officials said Monday that the EU is considering suspending a data-sharing agreement between the EU and the US.

The agreement allows the United States access to funds transferred through the private, Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), used by thousands of banks to send transaction information securely.

“This would be a signal that something can happen and make clear to the Americans that the (EU’s) policy is changing,” said German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

An EU delegation also met on Monday with US lawmakers in Washington to seek answers to revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on European citizens and officials.

Following the meeting, Elmar Brok, the chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, said, “Confidence is damaged. We have to work hard that confidence is re-established between the leaders, between our people.”

Spain became the latest US ally on Monday to demand explanations after a report by the Spanish daily El Mundo revealed that the NSA spied on 60 million Spanish telephone calls in a single month last year.

The Guardian reported on October 24 that the NSA had monitored the telephone conversations of 35 world leaders.


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3 Responses to " EU considering sanctions on US over spying "

  1. European says:

    Good, good… It’s about time we sanction the SHIT out of this cancer on the earth also known as the United States of America. Then we Europeans must pray for our brothers in the east, Russia, to deliver the final blow when the hour has come. It will not look good for them. But as they say — their chickens has come home to roost.

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  2. Josh Steeler says:

    Every shepherd has watchdogs. Role of watchdog over colony European Union for The city play USA. Pupets know that there is high possibility they are being watched. But now it is exposed by Sno’den so puppets are making noise for public but nothing will change. Dices are thrown

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  3. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    FEAR of death in 1945 apparently convinced world leaders and guilt-ridden scientists to hide information typed in red and highlighted in yellow on:

    1. This one page synopsis of my research career: “A Journey to the Core of the Sun”


    2. Chapter 1 tells the history of meeting Professor Paul Kazuo Kuroda in May 1960.


    The autobiography is being posted as written with the conclusions first because frankly I do not know if I will be around to write or you around to read information that world leaders still want to hide.

    With kind regards,
    – Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

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