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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 2:11 pm | Updated: 1:18 am, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

BERLIN (AP) — Top European officials are expressing concern over a report that U.S. intelligence agents bugged European Union offices on both sides of the Atlantic.

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, says he's "shocked" and "deeply worried" about today's report by German news weekly Der Spiegel. He says if the allegations are true, it would have "a severe impact on EU-US relations."

The magazine says the U.S. National Security Agency bugged EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels. It cites classified U.S. documents taken by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

German federal prosecutors say they're looking into whether the reported actions broke any German laws.

Germany's justice minister is accusing Washington of using Cold War methods against its allies.

Some leftist lawmakers are calling for sanctions against Washington.

Two Green Party leaders in the European Parliament said recently launched negotiations on a trans-Atlantic trade treaty should be put on hold. They also called for existing U.S.-EU agreements on the exchange of bank transfer and passenger record information to be canceled.

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