For the majority of Europeans it is surprising to see how the majority of Americans watch totally passive their civil rights disappear - allegedly for their own safety and without protest of countless victims of arrests because of "conduct disorder". On the contrary, most people celebrated on July 4 a country which no longer exists since 9/11. After months of hesitation and procrastination the the German Federal government had to bend down on the will and mood of its citizens and to evict the highest intelligence officer for US Americas in Germany, forced the spy to leave the country. Why? Simply Because the reservoir of patience is largely depleted.
Germans have clear ideas about friendship: They expect, according to an opinion poll from a friend reliability (88 percent), mutual support (79 percent), an open approach to each other (77 percent) and "that one can talk about anything" (73 percent). Measured against these criteria we can the current term friendship with view of German-American relations describe as "disturbed". Because none of this is true more. The NSA spy scandal has severely damaged the relationship with the erstwhile protector and supporter. It is a trend since the invasion in Iraq.
While 2003 most Germans trusted the USA (73%) the recent poll states only 27 %. And, it is indeed a bit surprising that the US administration is fiddling in Israel and Ukraine, is donating half a billion to terrorists (anti Assad groups) in Syria, but is totally clueless with the development in Iraq where religious fascists bringing nuke and mustard gas facilities, large arms storages with US arms left behind in 2010 under their control to fight their gruesome war which was initiated by even this illegal invasion of Iraq. This is from a legal perspective at least "favoring of crime".
Spy on allies - "that's impossible!" German Chancellor Merkel was criticizing without diplomatic and linguistic dislocation. "Such an approach is disrespectful, destroys trust and has nothing to do with friendship". Also Germans federal government is in a dilemma: On the one hand they can not stand idly by when the U.S. "superpower" is dancing on everybody's nose and on the other hand has the German government various reasons not to pour oil into a fire, because in the current climate of this confrontation even more porcelain is being broken.
Of course evicting a spy is certainly not more than a "homeopathic" reaction which hardly impressed the administration but at least indeed made her snooper angry. Of similar quality is this silly recommendation that the German secret services should in future exchange only safety-related information with their U.S. counterparts. The US administration is in complete denial, did not even responded for many month to minimalistic demands, so they will anyway continue as usual, - what ever is agreed. There will be no change, and sooner this is being realized the better it will be to avoid to become more contaminated by a superpower empire of 18 Trillion debts and in decline.
So, what is the right response to the unacceptable crimes of the NSA? Not only that the German Federal Government should think about to suspend negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TTIP) but entirely the EU should do so. And this immediately today!There is EU wide a very large consensus not to let the USA impose their so called "free-market" system which in reality is just a protection shield for US cooperations like Monsanto, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, et al. You can see the out-come of this system through-out the rst of the world. This Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement must be put on hold until the USA is prepared to sign a so-called no-Spy Agreement with the EU, -no matter if their puddles in London like this idea or not. So far, the U.S. has such an Free Trade Agreement only with the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The UK has to decide if it wants EU or NAFTA. Most of the crime during the Enron case where committed in London.
Without such willingness of the US Administration is largely impossible that any form of TTIP is being signed. Look at the fines that have had to be paid by European banks because they violated the sanctions the USA is placing at their conveniences on poor countries. The skepticism against the USA for the majority of citizens in Europe has become too big - not only in the spy-matter and NATO enlargement into former Warsaw pact states! As long as the USA continues to sniff and spy in Europe, trusting talks about a potential TTIP contract are in any case impossible.
Not only that: There is great danger that the transatlantic dispute mutetes into a serious crisis of confidence when mistrust of the citizens towards the USA is continuing to grow. My personal opinion is that if you want to spy, then smart because if you spy dull, you harvest enemies not useful information. It seems that all governments involved have lost their control over their "intelligence" pundits. That is far worse than a fragile friendship.