The EU heads of state or government and the leaders of EU institutions issued a joint statement on Tuesday condemning the terror attacks in Brussels and noting that it was an attack against its open democratic society.
“The European Union mourns the victims of today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. It was an attack on our open democratic society. Our common European institutions are hosted in Brussels, thanks to the generosity of the government of Belgium and the Belgian people. The European Union and its member-states stand firm with Belgium in solidarity and are determined to face this threat together with all necessary means,” the statement reads.
“This latest attack only strengthens our resolve to defend the European values and tolerance from the attacks of the intolerant. We will be united and firm in the fight against hatred, violent extremism and terrorism,” it concluded.