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How Germany's Angela Merkel is reacting to the violence in Washington
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a statement in Berlin on January 7 — about the previous day's riots in Washington, DC — during a Christian Social Union parliamentary group digital press conference. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AP
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed sadness and anger at the scenes of pro-Trump rioters storming the US Capitol on Wednesday.
"A basic rule of democracy is after the election there are winners and losers," Merkel said, adding,
"I regret very much that President Trump did not admit defeat in November and again yesterday."
Merkel is one of many world leaders who condemned Wednesday's violence around the US Capitol.
She made her comments during a virtual meeting with German conservative parties this morning, saying:
However, Merkel expressed optimism that US lawmakers went back to work and certified Joe Biden's Electoral College win, calling it "a sign of hope."
"It is also certain with the confirmation of the election victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that the United States of America will open a new chapter of the democracy in less than two weeks, as it is supposed to happen," she added