The Widening Rift Between Germany, US Over Spying Allegations
US-German Relations Frayed After Latest Spying Revelation Germany has asked Washington’s top CIA official in Germany to leave the country after a second individual was placed under investigation for spying on Germany. The request, which is being described as “a reaction to unsuccessful cooperation in the pursuit of clarification,” was made after a special panel convened to discuss this week’s developments.
A week ago, German prosecutors arrested an employee of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) foreign intelligence agency on suspicion he had acted as a spy against Germany.
According to SPIEGEL ONLINE, the suspect in question had worked for close to a year as a desk officer in the Defense Ministry’s political department, and had been under observation for months by Germany’s military intelligence agency
While his computers have been seized, officials have yet to find concrete proof that he spied and he has since been released from detainment.
Michael Wertz told “shockwave” sent through the Obama administration after Berlin’s decision to expel the Washington’s highest CIA official in Germany.
“This is a wake-up call for the US government – to make it clear how serious things are in Germany. That realization is slowly working its way through Washington,” said Michael Werz, a Washington insider at the nonpartisan think tank, Center for American Progress, told a German newspaper.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeie is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the ongoing spy controversy.
South Sudan Slapped With New Sanctions By European Union
The European Union (EU) is joining the United States and imposing sanctions on officials in South Sudan who it says have “major responsibility for the violence in the country,” a top EU official said.
More Attention Should Be Paid To Indonesia’s Election
Slate’s Joshua Keating says more attention needs to be paid to the upcoming elections in Indonesia, which is the world’s third-largest democracy, home to one-fifth of the world’s Muslims, and on track to becoming one of the world’s largest economies.
Oil’s Future May Rely On Iraq’s Domestic Politics
Meghan O’Sullivan of Bloomberg View contends the future of oil will rely heavily on the course Iraq politics takes.
“The real cause for concern is a few years ahead, when the world will be expecting to consume Iraqi oil that may still be in the ground. The current conflict, regardless of what turns it takes in the weeks and months ahead, virtually ensures that Iraq will struggle to bring anticipated volumes of oil to market,” she writes.