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German politician: no Turkish death penalty vote in Germany

06 May 2017, 02:22 | Nichole Osborne

German politician: no Turkish death penalty vote in Germany

German politician: no Turkish death penalty vote in Germany

"If the Turkish government really does hold a referendum on reinstating the death penalty, it must be clear that such a vote can not take place among the Turks living in Germany", Schulz told German Der Spiegel magazine.

Ankara accused Berlin of Nazi behaviour in March when some German local authorities cancelled events where Turkish politicians were to campaign for a referendum giving broad new powers to Erdogan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan floated plans to bring back the death penalty following his narrow victory in last month's referendum to expand his powers.

The Dutch government says it will look into ways of preventing people from voting in the Netherlands in a possible Turkish referendum on reintroducing the death penalty.

Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004 as part of its decades-long bid to join the European Union.


Vermeij said Friday that "reintroducing the death penalty would be a break with European values and is not compatible with membership of the European Union and Council of Europe".

"We can not allow a vote in Germany on a law that contradicts our values and our constitution", Schulz said, echoing remarks by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel earlier this week. But Germany's Foreign Ministry has pointed out that all sovereign actions by other countries on its territory, such as referendums, first need to be approved by the federal government.

"Here and now, I have impression that the membership process is not the right framework to have a successful dialogue with Turkey", Michel said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Friday his country would bar Turks from participating in a referendum on the death penalty if Turkey decides on such a vote.



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