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Ambassador summoned over spy claims
Britain's ambassador in Berlin has been summoned by the German foreign ministry over spying allegations.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle requested the attendance of Simon McDonald to respond to the claims.
Allegations that the British Embassy in Berlin is used as a listening post were reported in The Independent, based on documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
A foreign ministry spokesman in Berlin said: "At the instigation of Foreign Minister Westerwelle, the British ambassador was asked to an interview in the Foreign Office.
"The head of the European Department asked for a response to current reports in the British media, and pointed out that the interception of communications from the premises of a diplomatic mission would be behaviour contrary to international law."