European leaders were initially in agreement with America regarding whistleblower Edward Snowden. The former NSA analyst quickly became persona non grata in a number of countries and Europe closed its doors on the man.
Less than six months later things have changed.
Friday John Kerry admitted that NSA spying was excessive and the German government is hoping to work with Snowden. They will welcome any information Snowden can give them with open arms.
How times change.
Of course in the last week or so German Chancellor Angela Merkel has discovered that she has been an NSA, national security agency, target on more than one occasion. On numerous occasions in fact.
Not that many years ago many believed the NSA did not exist. It was nicknamed the no such agency. Since Snowden released a series of documents illustrating NSA snooping the story has gone from bad to worse.
This week Edward began work in Russia, his temporary home. He badly needed paid work as funds began to run out.
The extent of NSA spying revealed is shocking but there is much more to come. Information continues to drip from an irreparable leak.
Mr Snowden, 30, has said he will work wih Germany but not in that country. He has also offered to work with the US administration to curb the NSA but that seems unlikely, at least for now.
If representatives of the German government want to meet with Snowden they best dust down some warm clothing -- it is cold in Russia this time of year.