Sunday, March 19, 2017
European Commission President Warns Ankara From The Reintroduction Of The Death Penalty
Claude Juncker, on Sunday, warned that the reintroduction of the death penalty in Turkey would be a "red line" in Ankara's stalled efforts to join the European Union.
Juncker said in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published on Sunday: "If Turkey reinstated the death penalty, it will lead to the end of the negotiations," describing it as a "red line."
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he expected parliamentary approval for a reintroduction of the death penalty after a referendum next month on expanding his powers.
However, Juncker said he was opposed to the complete cessation of all accession negotiations with Turkey. He explained, "It makes no sense to try to calm (Erdogan) to suspend the negotiations that do not even take place."
He went on German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel even further and said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, "We are far more than ever before for admitting Turkey to the European Union."
And Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, the EU has repeatedly said that any attempt to re-work its will lead to sabotage the efforts of Ankara for membership.
However, the Minister of Turks says that they have to respond to popular demand for a return to the death penalty to deal with the people who were behind the coup attempt in July.
And continue the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Europe, after Germany and the Netherlands refused to allow a Turkish prime minister to carry out supporting campaigns to vote "yes" in the referendum, which will take place on April 16.
In response, she threatened to Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Susilo send 15 thousand refugees a month into the territory of the European Union, which would threaten the agreement between Ankara and Brussels a year ago to limit the influx of immigrants.
Juncker said, "Turkey will not back down from the agreement despite the fact that Erdogan has repeatedly told me that he wants it." He added that Turkey has no interest in the delivery of its borders "to human smugglers and criminals."