Senseless Spying | Foreign Affairs
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Stashed in: Privacy does not exist.
Political leaders in Europe have not been shy in expressing their anger about recent revelations about the United States spying on the EU. Germanyâ€™s justice minister has said that the United Statesâ€™ expansive spying programs -- the United States is alleged to have spied not onlyÂ on the electronic communications of European citizens, butÂ on the EU embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Brussels headquarters of the European Council, where European states make the key decisions that guide European politics -- remind of â€śthe methods of our foes during the Cold War.â€ť Franceâ€™s justice minister has described it as â€śan act of unqualified hostility,â€ť while its foreign minister has demanded an explanation, saying that U.S. espionage is â€ścompletely unacceptable.â€ť
These reactions cannot be dismissed with the clichĂ©d response that Europeans are unreasonably obsessed with privacy. In truth, there is a long-running battle within Europe between politicians and officials who want to promote security and those who seek to secure privacy. For the last several years, those interested in promoting intelligence sharing with the United States have been winning. If European governments now decide to curtail that cooperation -- a decision that seems increasingly likely -- Washington will have only itself to blame.Â