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Merkel is clear: No death penalty propaganda will be allowed, no vote will be held in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would not allow the propaganda on Germany if a referendum would be held to bring the death sentence back to Turkey.

The death penalty controversy came to the agenda with the request of the citizens in the ‘democracy watches’ that were held after the coup attempt. President Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed many times that he will approve the return of the death penalty if he passes through the Parliament, and he has begun to say that a referendum on this issue can be held in the recent period. 

Merkel stated that they would not allow propaganda in the German territory for such a subject, which they explicitly refused, stating that the return of the death sentence in Turkey was “a subject discussed rather than a hypothesis” in the statement made to the radio WDR 5.

Last week Martin Schulz, the prime minister of the Social Democratic Party, used the same statements as Merkel on the possible death penalty referendum in Turkey.

Finally, the head of the European Commission, the executive part of the European Union, stated that Turkey that would bring back the death sentence, ‘the reddest of our red lines’, would not be in the EU.

Osman Bilgin

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