German SPD leader-hard to imagine free trade deal if U.S. spying

Reuters

BERLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's SocialDemocrats (SPD), Sigmar Gabriel, said on Thursday it would behard to imagine agreeing a free trade deal with the UnitedStates if the U.S. was infringing citizen's rights and privacy.

Gabriel was reacting to information received by Berlin thatthe United States may have tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel'smobile phone, and which has triggered outrage in Germany.

The SPD and Merkel's conservatives are currently engaged intalks on building a new coalition government.

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