Foreign Ministry: 'Spying is behaviour contrary to law'

Britain's ambassador in Berlin, Simon McDonald, has been summoned by the German foreign ministry over spying allegations.

In a statement this afternoon, the Foreign Ministry said any incident of "interception of communications" is "contrary to international law".

At the instigation of Foreign Minister Westerwelle, the British ambassador was asked to an interview in the Foreign Office.

The head of the European Department asked for a response to current reports in the British media, and pointed out that the interception of communications from the premises of a diplomatic mission would be behaviour contrary to international law.

– Foreign Ministry spokesman in Berlin