Germany plans boost to European IT after U.S. spy row

German Chancellor Merkel conducts a lecture at Heinrich Schliemann Gymnasium in BerlinBERLIN (Reuters) – Responding to Germans' unease over U.S. surveillance of the Internet, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed initial plans on Wednesday to boost European technology companies and make them a more favorable alternative to U.S. peers. Merkel's chief of staff said on Monday that fears of mass U.S. spying on Germans were unfounded, and Washington had assured Berlin it had upheld German law. But with an election looming in less than six weeks, the government has come under pressure to do more to protect citizens' private data. …

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