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Attack in Barcelona

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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sent a message of condolence to King Felipe VI of Spain following the terrorist attack in his country. It reads as follows:

"I was shocked and saddened to hear of the perfidious and brutal terrorist attack on passers-by in the centre of Barcelona, which claimed the lives of so many people. This appalling act and the events in Cambrils show once again the contempt for human life and the spiritual poverty of terrorism. I condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms. As Europeans and friends of Spain we are all affected. Yet these acts of terrorism will not be able to destroy the openness of our society.“

“I offer you and all the Spanish people as well as the families and friends of the victims my heartfelt sympathy, also on behalf of my fellow Germans. Our thoughts are with all those who have been directly affected by this suffering. Our hearts go out to them, and we wish them great strength at this difficult time. We wish the many injured a speedy recovery."