German chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed a European-only communications network in reaction to allegations that the NSA hacked her phone, spurring a swift deterioration in relations between Germany and America.
There is widespread concern over data safety in Europe after the extent of Edward Snowden's revelations about US spying, especially because lots of European data passes through American data centres, making it a ripe target for the NSA.
But how viable is an EU-only internet? And what could the consequences be for open access?
CBR asked the experts for their views on the news, and got some interesting responses.