German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not amused when she learnt last year the United States secret service had tapped her phone for years.
Eavesdropping is not expected among friends, Ms. Merkel told U.S. President Barack Obama.
But with regards to Turkey, a Muslim country and important Nato ally in the Middle East, other rules apply.
The German foreign intelligence service has apparently been spying too — on Turkey and on Turkish citizens living in Germany for years — German media reported earlier this week.
Turkey, Germany’s third-largest export market outside Europe, is one of the official targets of the foreign intelligence service, German magazine Der Spiegel reported over the weekend. Ironically, Der Spiegel cited one of the documents – a so-called “mission profile” – which was leaked by a German foreign intelligence employee to the United States.