US spying row: Austrian ex-Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl comments on NSA-Denmark espionage claims

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    A bombshell report has revealed Denmark spied on Germany’s Angela Merkel as well as on other EU leaders for US intelligence.

    RT speaks to Karin Kneissl, former foreign minister of Austria.

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