Minute of silence in EP Plenary for the victims of latest terrorist attacks in Europe
"We opened our last plenary session by paying tribute to Samuel Paty, a teacher killed because he believed in the freedom of expression.
"It is with great sadness and emotion that I again open the session with words of condolences, as our thoughts go to the victims of the latest Islamist terrorist attacks in Europe, their families and friends.
"A deadly stabbing in Dresden, Germany, in the beginning of October, a vile terrorist attack.
"On 29 October, three people were killed inside and near a church in Nice.
"Then again, on 2 November, four people were shot and several injured in Vienna’s city centre.
"Each victim is one of us.
"Each attack, wherever it occurs, is an attack on all of us.
"An attack on the fundamental values we stand for: freedom of expression, freedom of religion and conscience. An attack on the open-minded and inclusive society we cherish.
"It is therefore our common responsibility to fight all forms of extremism and stand united in solidarity against violence and hate. And the European Parliament will continue to strongly contribute to our sense of togetherness.
"Please join me for a minute of silence in memory of the victims."