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Germany's Merkel urges patience on NSA answers

Friday - 7/19/2013, 9:31am  ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning that a second debt writedown for Greece could undo much of the recent work done to stabilize the euro area. Merkel's comments Friday came a day after her finance minister visited Athens and told a Greek audience that it's not in the country's interests to seek a second write-off, or "haircut," following last year's debt restructuring with private-sector bondholders. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

GEIR MOULSON
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- Two months before national elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel found herself besieged by questions about U.S. spying, insisting Friday that she has not been remiss in confronting the Americans about their surveillance activities.

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