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Alleged NSA spying hurt trust, German leader says

European allies decry reports of US surveillance

BRUSSELS — European leaders united in anger Thursday as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread US spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship.

The latest revelations that the National Security Agency swept up more than 70 million phone records in France and might have tapped Merkel’s own cellphone brought denunciations from the French and German governments.

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