Europe|Merkel Blames Trump for Violence, however Europe Also Sees Reason for Hope
As America’s European allies digested occasions that rocked Washington, many expressed religion within the energy of U.S. democracy to prevail.
Protesters on the Senate facet of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday.Credit…Jason Andrew for The New York Times
- Jan. 7, 2021Updated 6:58 a.m. ET
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Thursday positioned the blame for the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol a day earlier than squarely on President Trump, though she and different leaders of the United State’s strongest allies in Europe expressed religion within the energy of American democracy.
“These pictures made me angry and sad,” Ms. Merkel mentioned, talking earlier than a web based gathering of her conservative social gathering’s Bavarian companions, the Christian Social Union, minutes after the United States Congress confirmed President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.
“I deeply regret that since November, President Trump has not accepted that he lost, and did not do so again yesterday,” the chancellor mentioned. “He stoked uncertainties about the election outcome, and that created an atmosphere that made the events of last night possible.”
Ms. Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany and has spoken incessantly about her admiration for the United States, even within the face of tensions between Berlin and Washington throughout her greater than 15 years in energy. Her feedback on Thursday mirrored a deep-seated religion within the energy of democracy within the United States held by many in Europe.
“What happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America,” President Emmanuel Macron of France said in a proper deal with, recalling longstanding historic ties between his nation and the United States. “We believe in the strength of our democracies. We believe in the strength of American democracy.”
Yet photos of armed rioters carrying blue pro-Trump flags storming and vandalizing the halls of the Congress shocked,