EPP president condemns Fyssas murder but backs Greece for EU presidency

The head of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament, Joseph Daul, has condemned the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn member but expressed his support for Greece to assume the rotating European Union presidency in January.

“Fanatic acts and violence do not have any place in modern and democratic societies in any EU Member States,” said Daul in a statement on Thursday.

“Any crime is abominable but a political one is unacceptable within the European Union. We strongly condemn any kind of violence. Those responsible for this murder must be brought to justice as soon as possible. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pavlos Fyssas.”

Daul, though, gave his backing to the government, led by New Democracy, which is a member of the EPP.

“The EPP family fully supports the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, and his government, in all their efforts to lead the country out of the economic crisis and its social repercussions,” said Daul.

“We are convinced that he and his government are doing their utmost to prepare a smooth and successful Greek Presidency. We deplore the reactions of other political leaders who are using the death of a person as a tool for political campaigning against the government.”

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