Turkey reinstating death penalty would end EU talks, Germany warns

Turkish anti-riot police detain a soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup in Istanbul on July 16, 2016Germany warned Turkey on Monday against reinstating the death penalty, as it blasted “revolting scenes of caprice and revenge” in the wake of a failed coup attempt. In strongly worded remarks, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters that Berlin had grave questions about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to the foiled military takeover. After Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey would consider a return of capital punishment, Seibert said such a move “would mean the end of EU membership talks”.

Share this article