“We have just experienced one of the worst nights Europe has seen for a long time,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel following the terrorist attacks in Paris. The people in Paris have gone through a nightmare of violence, terrorism and fear.
In her thoughts, she said, she is with the over 120 people whose lives were abruptly and prematurely ended, and with their families and friends. “Germany shares your pain and your grief.”
Sympathy and solidarity with France
Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with France, assured Angela Merkel. “We will fight by your side against those who have inflicted such inconceivable suffering on you.”This is an attack on liberty targets not only at Paris,” said the Chancellor.
We will defend liberty and democracy
All citizens too, must “give a clear and unequivocal response” stressed Angela Merkel, and that response must be, “Our essential values are humanity, neighbourly love and the joy of fellowship. We believe in the right of every individual to seek happiness and to live their lives, we believe in respect and tolerance. And we know that our free life is stronger than any terrorism.”
Speaking in Vienna, where he is attending talks on Syria, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also declared himself appalled by the terrorist attacks in Paris. “The dimensions of the horror these attacks represent are simply unimaginable,” he said. In these hours of suffering and despair, we in Germany stand firmly at the side of our French friends, he added.
Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas condemned the attacks as barbaric and cowardly. “This is an assault on our liberal democracy.” But, he declared, democracy and freedom are stronger than any terrorism. “We will not yield,” stressed the Federal Justice Minister.