WASHINGTON (AP) -- European Union officials say U.S. surveillance of their people could affect negotiations over a U.S.-Europe trade agreement, after new allegations that the National Security Agency may have eavesdropped on world leaders and gathered tens of millions of Europeans' phone records.
Speaking to reporters Monday, European Parliament's foreign affairs committee Chairman Elmar Brok says counterterrorism cooperation must continue but that European privacy must be better respected, and enshrined in data protection agreements now being negotiated as part of the trade deal.
He said if a resolution to the crisis was not found, the entire deal could be affected.
Brok is leading a European delegation as it meets with U.S. lawmakers ahead of White House talks on new revelations leaked by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American general who commands NATO forces in Europe says reports of alleged U.S. monitoring of allies' conversations are "not helpful" but have not hurt his ability to work with his military counterparts.
Air Force Gen. Phil Breedlove told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday that whatever damage may have been done to U.S.-European relations as a result of the allegations will be repaired.
Breedlove was in Washington to make a public case for continuing close military ties to the NATO allies in Europe. He said that aside from the reports about U.S. surveillance operations in Europe, there is concern among the allies about talk of a "pivot to Asia" that some see as a sign of loosening U.S. ties to Europe.