Tension is high between the U.S. and its European allies over revelations about NSA spying. Former Wilson Center Scholar Georg Mascolo is a former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel. He recently met with Edward Snowden and has also co-authored an article about the need to rebuild trust between allies. We asked him to provide CONTEXT on the situation during his recent visit to the Wilson Center. 

Georg Mascolo was a Public Policy Scholar with the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program and is now a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of Der Spiegel and has written about surveillance since 1990.