EU says Turkey death penalty a deal breaker

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The European Union says that if Turkey moves to reinstate the death penalty it would dash any hope that it could join the bloc. 

EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said that if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved "from rhetoric to action on the issue of the death penalty (it) would be clear signal that Turkey does not want to be a member of the European family.'' 

He said that the death penalty is more than a red line. "This is the reddest of all red lines.'' 

On Monday, Erdogan renewed suggestions that Turkey could hold referendums on its bid to join the European Union and on reinstating the death penalty.-AP