Germany's Merkel seeks 'sensible' US spy talks

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 7:02 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pledging "sensible talks" with the United States over the countries' differences on American spying, though she doesn't expect a quick resolution.

A year of tension between the Western allies over spying and surveillance peaked last week when Berlin demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official in the country leave in response to two cases of alleged American spying in Germany.

Merkel said Friday that "trust can only be restored through talks and certain agreements," on which she didn't elaborate. She added: "We will seek such talks, though I can't make any concrete announcements now."

The chancellor said the two countries "will perhaps slowly — I don't expect quick agreements — move forward a bit in sensible talks."

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