"While we tend to view a lot of the impact of the NSA revelations in Europe as subsided, they have not subsided in Germany," said Heather Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "This issue is being used in multiple ways to increase, I think, anti-Americanism in Germany and to weaken the chancellor."
"Russia has not changed its behavior," she said. "If anything, President Putin, I think, is doubling down on multiple fronts, and the cohesiveness feels like it's not there. People don't know what's next, how are we going to continue on."