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European Commission - Statement

Statement* by President Juncker on the work of the Hamburg and German police at the G20

Brussels, 10 July 2017

I want to thank the Hamburg and German Federal Police for their work during the G20 summit. The criticism voiced in hindsight is unjustified and incomprehensible. Every single police officer put their life at risk.

This deserves recognition, not criticism. The people of Hamburg who lent a helping hand in the clean up operation on Sunday also deserve our fullest respect and appreciation: Hamburg at its best!

Let me also say that Chancellor Merkel steered the work with prudence and firmness. My congratulations!!

*Statement given by President Juncker to German news agency dpa.


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