The European justice commissioner Viviane Reding is in Washington and has met with US attorney general Eric Holder to discuss data protection.
Madrid stopped short of blaming the Kremlin of outright interference in Spain's domestic affairs. But there is growing evidence that the Kremlin feels empowered by sowing divisions in Europe and the United States.
A strong Europe means a strong Germany and vice versa, says Dr. Viviane Reding. The next German chancellor faces unprecedented challenges and must show real leadership.
Russian government-backed hackers stole US secrets on how to penetrate foreign computer networks in 2015. This after a National Security Agency contractor put highly classified information on his home computer.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
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