Note of solidarity with the people of Germany

22 February 2020

The management and staff of the European Patent Office express their deepest solidarity with the people of Germany, sharing their deep sadness over the recent attack on fellow citizens in Hanau this week.

As an international organisation with a seat in Germany we condemn this act of violence and hatred and firmly believe that equality, cultural diversity, tolerance and mutual respect are inviolable principles of a free and pluralistic society. We are convinced that this attack will never be able to destroy these principles.

Our thoughts are with victims, their families, relatives, friends and communities.

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