Shock, incomprehension, deep concern – the riots around the Capitol in Washington are causing horror in Germany and the rest of the world.
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Top politicians in Germany and Europe have been shocked and with great concern on the violent riots by supporters of US President Donald Trump in Washington responds. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said on the sidelines of the closed meeting of the CSU regional group about the riots in Washington: “These pictures made me angry and also sad.”
She gave the responsibility for this to US President Donald Trump. She regrets that he has not admitted his defeat in the presidential election to this day; this was what made the events possible. She looks to Joe Biden’s term of office with hope: “This democracy will prove to be much stronger than the aggressors and rioters,” said Merkel.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier drew parallels between the storming of the US Capitol and the events at the Berlin Reichstag in August. “That is why I am sending this message to all of us today,” declared the German head of state in Berlin. “Hatred and agitation endanger democracy, lies endanger democracy, violence endangers democracy.” In August, supporters of the so-called lateral thinkers movement stormed the steps of the Reichstag during a demonstration in Berlin.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) wrote on Twitter: “The enemies of democracy will be happy to see these incredible images from Washington, DC. Riotous words turn into violent acts – on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the Capitol. The contempt for democratic institutions has devastating effects. “
Vice Chancellor and Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD) sees a complicity for the escalation with US President Donald Trump: “This is an unbearable attack on democracy. President Trump has deeply divided the country – now it shows how much.”
EU Council leader Charles Michel spoke of a “shock” when the Capitol was stormed; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an orderly transfer of power in Washington.
“The US Congress is a temple of democracy. To see the scenes from tonight in Washington, DC, is a shock,” wrote EU Council leader Michel. Also NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of “shocking scenes”. Like many other politicians, the Norwegian demanded that the result of the US presidential election should be respected.
The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, spoke of “deeply disturbing scenes” and pledged solidarity with the spokeswoman for the US House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell emphasized: “This is not America.”
Hope now rests on Biden
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian chose drastic words that many other top politicians like Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz used in their mouths: “The acts of violence against American institutions are a serious attack on democracy.”
At the same time, many politicians expressed their confidence in US democracy. “I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy,” wrote EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on twitter. “The peaceful transfer of power is the focus.” She looks forward to working with Joe Biden, who won the US presidential election.
Also Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) emphasized: “Democracy is stronger! And more important than each individual, even if he is president!” British Prime Minister Johnson said it was now “crucial that there is a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”.