Meeting follows Merkel's US talks over spying claims

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said relationships had to be rebuilt with the US following spying allegations. Credit: Reuters

Allegations surrounding National Security Agency (NSA) spying derived from fugitive whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and overshadowed last month's European Council summit.

It led to a joint call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande for talks with the US authorities to rebuild trust between the nations

At his post-summit press conference, Prime Minister David Cameron refused to be drawn on whether the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was spying on EU allies through its Tempora programme of internet surveillance, saying only that the agency operated within a proper legal framework.

He did emphasise that Britain shared its intelligence extensively with EU partners, and he echoed recent comments by MI5 director-general Andrew Parker condemning the way its efforts were being jeopardised by leaks.