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German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a May 27 press conference in Berlin. Photo: Adam Berry via Pool/Getty Images

Scandinavian leaders on Monday demanded answers after a report from Danish broadcaster DR alleged that Denmark's foreign secret service had cooperated with the U.S. to spy on European leaders more than 7 years ago, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Danish Defense Intelligence Service, or FE, reportedly finished an internal probe in 2014 that found the U.S. National Security Agency used connections in Denmark to eavesdrop on political leaders in France, Germany, Sweden and Norway.

  • The alleged set-up between Denmark and the U.S. was dubbed "Operation Dunhammer," according to broadcaster DR, which based its report on nine unnamed sources who claimed access to classified information.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel was allegedly one of the political leaders targeted by the operation that spanned from 2012-2014.

Flashback: Germany's federal prosecutor in 2015 dropped an investigation into allegations of the NSA eavesdropping on Merkel's cellphones due "a lack of concrete evidence," the New York Times reported at the time.

What they're saying: "We want all cards on the table," Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist said Monday, per AP. He added it was "unacceptable to eavesdrop on allies."

  • Karsten Hoenge of Denmark's left-leaning Socialist People’s Party said he plans to question the country's justice and defense ministers in parliament about the probe, AP reports.
  • "The government must explain how come Denmark has been acting as a willing tool for a U.S. intelligence service, and what it will mean for cooperation with Denmark’s neighboring countries,” he said.
  • Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, told the AP that “the German government has taken note of the reporting. It is in contact with all relevant national and international authorities for clarification.”

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Sep 4, 2021 - World

The end of the Angela Merkel era poses big questions for Europe

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Oed/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Angela Merkel has been the face of European leadership, a global power broker, a force for stability and a trusted friend to multiple U.S. presidents. But she’s about to hand over the keys to Europe’s economic powerhouse and one of the world’s most respected countries.

Why it matters: Both of the leading candidates to replace Merkel are positioning themselves as her political heir. But whoever wins will likely have to chart a different course than Merkel has, including navigating the thorny balance of power between the U.S. and China.

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.