Today (7 January), a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin:
The Federal Government has noted with regret the circumstances surrounding the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. These elections are an extremely poor reflection of the electorate’s will.
The number of people killed or injured during the campaign and on the election day itself is appallingly high. We condemn the violence that surrounded the elections and call upon all political forces to refrain from any form of violence and intimidation, especially against religious minorities.
The Federal Government urges the Bangladesh Government and all political parties to overcome their differences in the interest of the country and to work together to bring about inclusive, peaceful and credible democratic elections.