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Merkel: Death penalty will end negotiations with Turkey on EU membership
18:33, 18 July 2016
Merkel: Death penalty will end negotiations with Turkey on EU membership

If Turkish authorities return death penalty, there will be no way to join EU, German Chancellor said

18:33, 18 July 2016

Reuters

According to Yevropeyska Pravda, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces this.

"Germany and the EU have the exact policy: we set against the death penalty", Merkel stressed.

"States that approve the death penalty cannot be the EU members. Therefore the approval of the death penalty in Turkey may end its negotiations on EU membership", Chancellor featured.

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn supported Merkel's position. He stressed that if EU member candidate will approve the death penalty, the negotiations will reach a deadlock.

Recall that Mogherini stated that Turkey will not become EU member if it allows death penalty

Kerry also urged Turkey to commit to the principles of democracy, or its NATO membership will be at risk.

Related: Reuters: 8,000 Turkish policemen fired due to involvement in military coup attempt

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