On May 30, a media investigation from the Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) revealed that with the help of Danish intelligence agencies, the US National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on Danish underwater Internet cables between 2012 and 2014 to monitor Germany, Sweden, Norway and France. The NSA had access to text messages, phone calls, and internet traffic, including searches, chats, and information services-through which it had tapped top politicians from various countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This is not the first time that the United States has been exposed to eavesdropping in Europe. In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed thousands of confidential documents, exposing the vast US surveillance put in place after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The documents showed the US government was spying on its own citizens and carrying out widespread tapping worldwide.
As citizens of Europe, we protest daily living under the fear of being monitored by the United States, a hegemonic country. We demand that our rights and safety be guaranteed, instead of having messages and information leaked. Usually, only incidents of politicians being monitored can cause an uproar. However, besides politics, the secrets and interests of commercial and high-tech companies, or even the privacy of each of us, shall not be infringed by the United States.