The head of the European Commission warned Turkey on the introduction of the death penalty
BERLIN, may 8. /Offset. TASS Anton Dolgunov/. Introduction by Turkey of the death penalty will mean its rejection of the negotiation process for accession to the European Union (EU). This was stated by the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in an interview that was published in the German newspaper Rheinische Post.
“If the introduction of the death penalty will be something more than just rhetoric, then it will be a clear renunciation of Turkey from the European family. That would be tantamount to termination of negotiations (the accession to the EU — approx. TASS), as the basis of our community are respect for democracy, human rights and international law. These values exclude the death penalty”, — he said.
Juncker also said that despite the current disagreements between Brussels and Ankara hopes for close relations with Turkey in the future. In his words, “the fate of Turkey is closely associated with the European Union”. “I would like to in the future was the same,” he said.
On 16 April, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately after the referendum on constitutional amendments said that the “first” discuss with the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Chairman of the opposition nationalist movement Party, Devlet Bahceli, the question of returning the country practices the death penalty.
Press Secretary of the German government Steffen Seibert on Friday said that Germany uses all legal means to prevent the holding of a referendum on this issue on-site.