BRUSSELS — European leaders united in anger Thursday as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread US spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship.
The latest revelations that the US National Security Agency swept up more than 70 million phone records in France and may have tapped Merkel’s own phone brought denunciations from the French and German governments.
Merkel’s unusually stern remarks as she arrived at the European Union gathering indicated she was not placated by a phone conversation she had Wednesday with President Obama, or his personal assurances that the United States is not listening in on her calls now.
‘‘We need trust among allies and partners,’’ Merkel told reporters in Brussels. ‘‘Such trust now has to be built anew. This is what we have to think about.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.