It amuses me that Chancellor Merkel seems to not realize that the NSA and GCHQ would likely infiltrate any "private" network as soon as it was built. Even Germany's own Der Spiegel reported on Snowden's leak about the NSA's digital plumbers from their Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). So it's perplexing to me that Merkel seems not to realize how difficult it would be to create a private network and keep it private. If the NSA fails to respect US laws related to the privacy of US citizens' Internet usage, then why would the NSA respect German privacy laws and German networks?
Source: VICE Motherboard
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants even stronger steps to combat US surveillance of European web users: she’s called for a kind of walled-off network that would keep European data away from prying American eyes.
Reuters reported that in Merkel’s weekly podcast on Saturday, she announced plans to talk with French President Francois Hollande about building a “communication network” to maintain a higher level of data security for Europe’s web users. “Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic,” she said. “Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe.”