German chancellor Angela Merkel and her election rivals have cut back their campaigns for a day in a gesture of solidarity with Spain and the victims of the Barcelona terror attack.
They will scrap music and other festive elements and limit themselves to low-key appearances as campaign for the September 25 parliamentary polls. Ms Merkel said the terrorists would not divert people from their normal activities. “Terrorism can bring us some deeply sorrowful hours,” said the chancellor in Berlin. “But it can never defeat us.”
She added that an election was “a celebration of democracy and a celebration of our freedom.” Martin Schulz, her social democrat challenger, said that by limiting the campaign on Friday Germany would show its solidarity with people in Spain. “These are bitter days,” he said.