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Did US spy on Germany's Merkel?

Germany has taken the unprecedented step of summoning the American ambassador to the capital Berlin to discuss allegations that the US security services monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone.

Germany has taken the unprecedented step of summoning the American ambassador to the capital Berlin to discuss allegations that US security services monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone.

The US has insisted her phone is not being monitored now but has not said what may have happened in the past.

Mrs Merkel has demanded a "complete explanation" of the claims.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 24 Oct
  • From the section Europe