June 26 became a red letter day in American-German relations as the Western power, and leader of the European Union, triumphed twice in one day against the U.S.. It began early on with a 1-0 victory by the Germans over the U.S. team in the final round robin match for the World Cup soccer championship, and ended with a major hit to U.S. national security as the German government stated they are not renewing their contract with Verizon, and thus cutting off a corporate telecommunications partnership that is vital for NSA surveillance, and U.S. spying of foreign entities.
Since the revelations of government spying by the U.S. on domestic and foreign entities, nations such as Germany have been highly critical of America, and their use of data collection and surveillance on allies as well as enemies. In fact, last Autumn German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “spying between friends is simply unacceptable”, and it has caused a major breach between the two countries that America’s adversary Russia has been quick to capitalize upon.
The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications. The Interior Ministry says it will let its current contract for Internet services with the New York-based company expire in 2015. The announcement comes after reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt provide Internet services to the German parliament and other official entities.
Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ, revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. – Associated Press
The ramifications from Eric Snowden’s report of the United States spying on allies and friendly nations has yet to fully be determined, but at the very least, it has created a crack in European relations and has even affected NATO’s decision to join the U.S. in a war over Ukraine. But even more, Germany’s cancelling of their government contracts with Verizon could be the first of many dis-associations with U.S. companies and corporations that do millions and even billions of dollars worth of business on the continent.
The U.S. soccer team is very lucky to be moving forward onto the knockout round of this years world cup, but America’s national security programs took a vital hit when Germany chose to cut off a vital part of the U.S.’s access to data and communications within their country. And even with these actions, the potential for even a greater isolation of America by the Eurozone’s greatest power could suddenly become a coup event for America’s greatest adversary in the battle for economic and political dominion over Europe.