[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 1 de junho de 2017

Juncker: Death penalty in Turkey would mean end to EU accession talks

Jean-Claude Juncker speaking to students in Berlin.
[European Commission]

Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 as part of a campaign for EU membership. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will approve its reinstatement if parliament submits such a proposal or if the measure is backed in a referendum.

Erdogan says Turkey could hold referendum on EU membership bid

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said Turkey could hold a referendum on its long-stalled EU membership bid after Turks voted to approve expanding his powers in a plebiscite.

“I am not of the opinion that the accession negotiations with Turkey should be stopped now,” Juncker said in Berlin during a debate with students about the future of Europe.

On 9 May German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Turks living in Germany would not be allowed to vote in any referendum on reinstating the death penalty.

Merkel rules out allowing German Turks say on death penalty

Turks living in Germany will not be allowed to vote in any referendum on reinstating the death penalty, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks broadcast today (9 May).

Capital punishment is associated with a very strict practice of Sharia law. Following the 15 June 2016 failed coup d’état, Islamists close to Erdogan wanted the alleged perpetrators to be hanged. Erdogan also calls his political enemies, and the terrorism offence is also likely to be punished by death.


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