Turkish return to death penalty would be ‘KO’ to membership dreams

"In one week, the European Commission will present its progress report on Turkey. But Erdogan’s policies continue to rub Brussels up the wrong way....

arrests of top staff at Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, the arrest of Kurdish mayors and Erdogan’s proposal to bring back the death penalty may prove to be the straws that broke the camel’s back.

The EU has so far held back in providing an official opinion, but an official at the Commission’s Neighborhood and Enlargement Directorate-General told EurActiv.de that the death penalty reintroduction could prove to be a “KO” in terms of continued negotiations. This is a view that was shared by EU leaders during the summer. The Parliament has also clarified that any countries that implement capital punishment preclude themselves from EU accession talks."

See full article: Turkish return to death penalty would be ‘KO’ to membership dreams (euractiiv, link)


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