Merkel: No EU Membership If Turkey Brings Death Penalty For Coup Plotters

The German Federal government and Chancellor Angela Merkel have slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for suggesting the death penalty could be brought in for plotters of last weekend’s unsuccessful coup. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has spoken out against a possible reintroduction of the death penalty in Turkey. President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said that the death penalty could be brought back to punish the plotters of the failed coup attempt in Turkey over the weekend. The German government has said that if Turkey executes the plotters, it would be the end of negotiations for the nation’s potential membership of the European Union (EU), reports Die Welt. Spokesman for the Federal government, Steffen Seibert, commented on the issue in Berlin on behalf of the Chancellor saying: “We reject the death penalty categorically. A country which has the death penalty can not join the European Union.” The death penalty is banned in every EU member state and abolishing it is required for any prospective members. “The EU is a community of values and a community that has been agreed that the death penalty is outside of their values,” he added. The EU attitude toward the death penalty has also extended to extradition cases in which a