France and Germany Tell U.S. ‘We Need to Talk’

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WHO IS MERKEL TEXTING?! Photo: Sean Gallup/2013 Getty Images

The latest Snowden leaks, which reveal that the U.S. spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and probably every other world leader, are not going over well in Europe, and the E.U. summit in Brussels gave our allies a chance to collectively fume over the news. Some suggested that talks between the E.U. and the U.S. on a free-trade agreement should be called off, but on Friday, France and Germany said they want to salvage this relationship – if the U.S. is willing to work for it. The two nations called for talks with the U.S., and said the nations must reach a "no spying" agreement by the end of the year. 

Merkel said at a press conference that the trade talks should continue, but suggested the news could lead to the suspension of an agreement that lets the U.S. track the finances of terrorist groups. The New York Times reports:

Asked whether she wanted an apology from the United States, Ms. Merkel said, “The most important thing at this juncture is to find a basis for the future” so that “trust can be rebuilt.” But she warned the United States that “words will not be sufficient” to make amends, adding, “It’s become clear for the future that things have to change, and they have to change radically.”

The rest of the continent is siding with Merkel. The 28 European Union leaders at the summit issued a joint statement supporting the Franco-German plan. They added that other E.U. countries are welcome to join the talks, which "underlined the close relationship between Europe and the U.S.A. and the value of that partnership." It's like they're trying to make us feel even worse for rifling through their phones.