Earlier in the week, German media reported that Merkel's chancellery, which oversees Germany's foreign intelligence service, was "closing its eyes" to NSA requests that Germany's BND foreign intelligence spy on European targets.
"The problem is that Merkel does not care about [the] US attitude towards Germany as she believes in the German-American friendship, [which is] turning Germany into one of [the] US's vassals," Alexander Nau, a member of Germany's lower house of parliament, told Sputnik.
The German parliamentarian pointed out that suspicions about the matter first emerged back in 2008, but were fully disclosed when whistleblower Edward Snowden started leaking NSA documents in 2013. The data revealed that the United States had been using a German intelligence facility in Bavaria to collect data on German and Western European companies and state agencies.
The Bad Aibling Station, located southeast of Munich and known for its giant golf ball-like radomes, had been operated by the NSA until 2004.