‘It’s no secret we’ve been through a rough period in the last months,” Secretary of State John Kerry said last week of US-German relations. That’s putting it mildly.
Revelations of mass US surveillance against Germany, who between the Nazis and the Stasi are particularly sensitive about that sort of thing, has forced a dramatic rethink in relations among German leaders, with public outrage forcing them to demand the US sign a promise to end such surveillance going forward.
Kerry downplayed the whole situation, as he always does, saying that they are going to “look forward” not backward, and that he will “strengthen the trust and confidence that has always characterized this relationship.”
Yet Kerry was mum on any actual reforms, dodging the question of a no-spy accord. As the Obama Administration has domestically, they seem to continue to believe that NSA scandals can be simply solved with a fresh coat of paint and a few good speeches about how it wasn’t so bad.
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