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Worldwide dismay to Brussels attacks
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Worldwide dismay to Brussels attacks

The series of explosions from Brussels is worldwide grief and horror. Leaders and many ministers were dismayed and expressed their condolences. At the same time they are determined to be the international terrorism confront decided.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced deep dismay and sadness about the "what the terrorists have done to people in Brussels" and about "what the terrorists did to us all". Belgium would receive all support from Germany.

German President Joachim Gauck said in a letter to the Belgian king Philippe of "cruel terrorist attacks" that would "deeply shocked" him. "Germany is the face of this terrorist violence on the Belgian side." On behalf of all German Gauck expressed his condolences: "We are of the events shocked share the grief of the Belgian people and feel the pain of the families and friends of the victims to".

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel himself spoke of a "black and tragic day" for his country. "We have a terrorist attack expected, and it has happened." The attacks he condemned as "blind, violent and cowardly".

The Federal Government spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, described the attacks from Brussels via Twitter as "disgusting" and called for solidarity to stand together with the victims.

Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier called the events of Brussels "unbelievable". Next Altmaier wrote on Twitter that the terrorists are likely to gain in any case.

When an attack not only on Belgium, but on the entire EU guess Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière the attacks of Brussels: "A retreat may there be not now," de Mazière said in Berlin. He wanted to "perform hard and determined" the fight against terrorism.

Federal Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier sees the attacks an attack on the EU. The attacks "aimed at the heart of Europe and are guided in their criminal malice on defenseless people," the minister said in Berlin. Victims and their relatives said Steinmeier his sympathy. Travelers who currently reside in Brussels, the foreign ministers called for "utmost caution".

Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas called the today's Tuesday a "black day for Europe". The heinous acts träfen all. They were "barbaric".

Shocked EU Council President Tusk 

EU Council President Tusk said he was "horrified by the bombings" at Brussels airport and the metro station in the European district. The attacks were another low point in the process "of terrorists in the service of hatred and violence". On Twitter Tusk wrote further, "the EU returns Brussels Solidarity and Brussels, Belgium and Europe will help to face the threat of counter terrorism."

Obama and Putin agreed on terror

US President Barack Obama condemned the bombings of Brussels sharp. At the beginning of a speech during his visit to Cuba, he spoke of "outrageous" attacks "against" innocent "people”.

The world must united against the "scourge of terrorism” filters. The thoughts and prayers of the US population are among the people in Belgium.

For Russia's President Vladimir Putin the attacks of Brussels are a "barbaric crime". Terrorism knows no borders and must be tackled together, added Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Putin told the Belgian King Philippe sent his condolences.

Cameron and Hollande call emergency meetings together

David Cameron also commented on Twitter. He was shocked and concerned about the events of Brussels. "We will do everything to help". Cameron called his cabinet to an immediate crisis meeting. Similarly, French President Francois Hollande announced a special meeting on security issues. The attacks from Brussels was "all over Europe met," said Hollande. It was necessary that Europe seize the necessary precautions against the seriousness of the threat.

In the words of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of terrorism will not defeat democracy in Europe. "The unity of the Democrats in the EU will always be superior to the barbarity and injustice. Terrorism will not be able to defeat us," Rajoy said.

According to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the attacks showed that "global face of terror". He also said the Belgian nation his condolences and solidarity of the Turkish people.

Reactions of religious leaders and institutions

Pope Francis denounced the "blind violence which causes so much suffering". He pray for the families of the victims and the injured, they had its deepest sympathy.

According to the President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Moshe Kantor, the approach of the terrorists was "another shocking, frightening and deadly attack (...) on innocent Europeans". All Europeans, whatever their origin would now stand together to fight terrorism and intolerance. Kantor said in Brussels that the attacks were directed "against everything we stand for."

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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