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Foreign Minister Steinmeier responds to President Obama’s speech: getting the balance right between security needs and the protection of civil liberties

17.01.2014 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (17 January) in response to US President Barack Obama’s speech on reforming the US security services:

President Obama today announced decisions about the restriction and oversight of the American secret services and outlined a process involving Congress and the public. We welcome this, in part because it provides a basis for the even wider discussion that has already been under way for some time in the United States.

I trust that America will have the strength to get the balance right between legitimate security needs and the protection of civil liberties.

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