Clinton says U.S. needs woman in charge like Germany has Merkel
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[June 16, 2014]
BERLIN (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has told a German magazine
the United States should follow Germany, where Angela Merkel is
chancellor, and have a woman in charge.
She stopped short of saying, however, that it should be her.
"We are way behind you in Germany on this," the former secretary of
state told stern magazine in an interview to be published in its
next edition on Wednesday.
"Of course I want the U.S.A. to have a woman leader soon as well and
I will do all I can for that to happen, though I don't know yet if
it will be me," she said.
Clinton, a former senator and the wife of the former U.S. President
Bill Clinton, is widely expected to run for the White House in 2106.
Clinton, meanwhile, said she understood Germany's anger at
revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had
listened into Merkel's mobile phone as part of its large scale
surveillance of electronic communications in Germany, America's
"I would be as furious as the Germans are. I would demand that my
friend and ally stop eavesdropping immediately," Clinton said,
adding however that a "no spy agreement" as demanded by some German
politicians was not a practical option.
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"It wouldn't be flexible enough," she told stern. "I don't think a
written treaty is the right way to do it - and it shouldn't be
necessary in the first place."
(Reporting by Stephen Brown Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
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