German media avoided criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel in the run-up to the recent election, adding that, given reports of US surveillance and monitoring of the top German officials, it would be hard not to suspect the United States of swaying the elections in its own favour.
No evidence given. The reports of US surveillance of top German officials do not suggest that the purpose of the US was to meddle in the German elections. Germany and the US are close allies, and the transatlantic partnership is a basic axiom in German foreign policy. www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/06__Foreign__Policy__State/01__Ger__US/00/__Bilateral.html,
Germany ranks 16th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index in 2017.