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 power of American democracy.
“These photos made me offended and unhappy,” 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 remorse that since November, President Trump has not accepted that he misplaced, and didn’t achieve this once more yesterday,” the chancellor mentioned. “He stoked uncertainties in regards to the election consequence, and that created an environment that made the occasions of final evening potential.”
Ms. Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany and has spoken steadily about her admiration for america, 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 power of democracy in america held by many in Europe.
“What occurred right now in Washington, D.C., just isn’t America,” President Emmanuel Macron of France said in a proper tackle, recalling longstanding historic ties between his nation and america. “We consider within the power of our democracies. We consider within the power of American democracy.”
But photographs of armed rioters carrying blue pro-Trump flags storming and vandalizing the halls of the Congress shocked, saddened and angered many in Europe, the place an older technology nonetheless speaks with reverence over the American function in securing peace after the bloodshed of two World Wars.
For others, particularly youthful Europeans, the pictures of armed rioters wearing camouflage or outlandish superhero outfits strengthened the stereotype of Individuals as gun-toting cowboys with little regard for the rule of legislation, a view that has been solidified within the minds of many over the 4 years of the Trump presidency.
In 2016, Ms. Merkel marked President Trump’s election by reminding him in a speech that “freedom, the respect for the legislation and dignity of human beings, unbiased of their origin, pores and skin coloration, faith, gender, sexual orientation or political views” are the rules of a liberal democracy.
On Thursday, she reminded him how a democratic election is meant to work.
“A primary rule of democracy is that after elections there are winners and losers. Each should play their function with civility and a way of accountability in order that democracy stays the winner,” mentioned the German chancellor, who was escorted onto the ground of the U.S. Home of Representatives by Mr. Biden in 2009 to address a joint session of Congress.
“It’s tragic that folks misplaced their lives within the occasions, however for me it’s a signal of hope that Congress continued its work in a single day and now it’s clear that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been confirmed and america will start a brand new chapter in two weeks, appropriately,” Ms. Merkel mentioned on Thursday.
Regardless of their opposing personalities and management types, the chancellor managed to take care of cordial relations with Mr. Trump all through his time period. German lawmakers and members of the chancellor’s cupboard additionally maintained ties to their Washington counterparts who continued to worth worldwide cooperation.
Recalling France’s help for the colonists through the American Revolution and america’s help for France throughout two World Wars, Mr. Macron additionally struck a notice of hope.
France, he mentioned, stood “strongly, fervently and resolutely with the American folks and with all individuals who wish to select their leaders, decide their very own destinies and their very own lives by means of free and democratic elections.”
Even Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, certainly one of Mr. Trump’s closest allies in Europe, expressed religion in the concept U.S. democracy would overcome forces making an attempt to sabotage it. “Violence is incompatible with the train of democratic rights and freedoms,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m assured within the power and robustness of the establishments of america.”
Likewise, Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, noticed a purpose for hope. “Yesterday’s assault on Capitol Hill has solely succeeded in reaffirming the rules we share,” he wrote on Twitter. “Spain will work with america for a extra simply world and the triumph of democracy over extremism.”
Aurelien Breeden contributed reporting from Paris, Jason Horowitz from Rome, and Raphael Minder from Madrid.