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European leaders react to the storming of the US Capitol




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European leaders have been reacting to the storming of the United States Capitol since yesterday. Here is a short summary of some of the reactions. 

European Council President Charles Michel described the United States Congress building as a temple of democracy and reflected the views of many Europeans that the footage emerging from Washington was “a shock”.


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen like many echoed President-elect Joe Biden’s belief in America’s institutions and commitment to democracy. Von der Leyen has been eager to re-energize the trans-Atlantic ties.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass tweeted: “The enemies of democracy will find out about these incredible images #WashingtonDC looking forward. Insurgent words turn into violent acts - on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the #Capitol. The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating.”

Dutch Prime Minister Marc Rutte and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney were more direct in their criticism of the president Donald Trump.

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