Conflict & Justice

Snowden Case Continues to Stir Anger About Domestic Spying in Europe

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German Chancellor Merkel faces public alarm over reports of spying. (Photo: Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

The lengthy saga of Edward Snowden and his search for asylum has fueled a bitter debate in Europe about how governments there are keeping tabs on their own citizens, says Time correspondent Vivienne Walt in Paris.

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"Perhaps no nerve is rawer than the one in Germany, where the memories of the Stasi intelligence services are very fresh and this really to many Germans seems to strike tremendous resonance and people are very upset about it," Walt says.

Blow back from the scandal is continuing elsewhere in Europe. Thursday, Luxembourg's prime minister was forced to step down after revelations that a former spy chief there was taping official meetings with a recorder disguised as a wristwatch.

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