Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no lasting damage in Germany’s relations with Denmark and the USA because of reports of Denmark’s involvement in the spying on top European politicians by the US secret service NSA. She said that on the Monday after the Franco-German Council of Ministers in Berlin. “We discussed these things in connection with the NSA year and day ago. Nothing has changed in our stance in connection with the clarification of the events at that time. We rely on today and the trusting relationships and what was right then That also applies today. I was reassured that Denmark, the Danish government, and the Minister of Defense also made it very clear what she thought of these things, and in this respect I see a good basis on which, in addition to clarifying the facts, we can really establish trusting relationships . ” French President Emmanuel Macron said at the joint virtual press conference with Merkel that surveillance among allies was not acceptable. According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, Merkel only found out about the events in Denmark through research by journalists. Merkel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier were also among those affected, as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) reported, citing intelligence sources. According to media reports, the Danish foreign and military intelligence service enabled the NSA to use a secret listening station near Copenhagen. The Danish government had known about this since 2015 at the latest. The Danish Defense Minister Trine Bramsen did not want to comment on the – quote – “speculations”. But she emphasized: Systematic wiretapping of close allies was unacceptable.