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German govt: Spying on friends is unacceptable

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with US President Barack Obama. Credit: BREUEL-BILD/Juri Reetz/DPA

A German government spokesman said if the media reports about US surveillance are true then spying on friends is "unacceptable", Reuters reports.

The spokesman added that trust with the US needs to be rebuilt and that Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with US President Barack Obama and discuss the reports in the near future.