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Merkel Urges European Internet Push to Blunt U.S. Surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe should promote home-grown Internet companies to avoid U.S. surveillance as she sought to keep the spying affair out of her re-election campaign.

Merkel, at a 90-minute news conference in Berlin today before she goes on summer vacation, said she is pressing U.S. officials for information on the scale of the National Security Agency’s spying on global communications in Germany. That includes the Prism program, which mines data from technology companies.