German lawmaker says relations with U.S at their lowest
German lawmaker says relations with U.S at their lowest

A senior German lawmaker said relations with the United States are at their lowest since the beginning of the Iraq war because of revelations about American spy programs.

Philipp Missfelder, the foreign policy spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, said allegations that the U.S National Security Agency spied on Germany have prompted a similar loss of trust between the two countries.

Missfelder said unless talks between Washington and Berlin on a "no-spy" pact proceed, the United States should stop receiving data on financial transactions inside the European Union.

German and American officials are expected to discuss the NSA issue when U.S Secretary of State "John Kerry" visits Germany later this month.

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