The president of the European Parliament has demanded an explanation after fresh intelligence allegations against the US. The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the National Security Agency bugged EU institutions.
The number of asylum applicants to European nations rose by 44 percent last year, with the total reaching 626,000, according to EU statistics. Meanwhile, the EU is planning to intercept refugees in the Mediterranean.
The German magazine Focus says Britain has threatened to cease cooperation with Germany's BND intelligence service. The BND in turn has been accused by a Berlin inquiry panel of withholding documents.
British intelligence agency GCHQ reportedly spied on journalists across a number of news organizations. The evidence stems from information former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked to the British daily The Guardian.
The leading German computer club has rejected EU anti-terror plans to tap online chatter, instead calling for all online communication to be encrypted. Politicians, meanwhile, are seeking ways to read encoded messages.