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Swedish MEPs critical of US tapping

Published måndag 1 juli 2013 kl 09.47
MEP Christoffer Fjellner

Swedish EU parliamentarians have reacted sharply to the latest revelations of U.S. wire-tapping of European Union institutions.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, the American National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the EU Embassy in Washington DC as well as the EU Embassy to the United Nations in New York.

"It is bad in principle that the U.S. is spying on the EU. But furthermore, we have important negotiations going on where we have to cooperate. And if one party undermines that confidence, cooperation will suffer,", says Christofer Fjellner, a member of the European Parliament for the conservative Moderates.

The information on the wire-tapping comes from reports leaked by now world-famous fugitive Edward Snowden.

Carl Schlyter, also a EU parliamentarian, for the Green Party, agrees with Fjellner and says that the timing of the revelations makes it even worse.

"The EU is in the starting blocks for negotiating a free trade agreement with the US," he says. "If you know that the other party constantly tries to gain an advantage by knowing what we talk about internally, then the talks are no longer based on mistrust rather than trust."

The NSA has said that explanations to the wire-tapping will be handled through diplomatic channels.

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