About: death penalty

Politics 19-09-2017

At UN, EU leads push to end trade in lethal cocktails, torture goods

About 60 countries led by the European Union yesterday (18 September) will launch a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

Enlargement 17-07-2017

Erdogan hits out at EU, promises to ‘rip heads’

A defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (16 July) stepped up his attack on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passes it.

Juncker: Death penalty in Turkey would mean end to EU accession talks

The European Union should continue accession negotiations with Turkey but a reintroduction of the death penalty would clearly put an end to the process, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (31 May).

Global Europe 10-05-2017

Berlin defies Ankara and grants Turkish soldiers asylum

More than 400 Turkish state officials are seeking asylum in Germany. Despite Ankara insisting these applications be denied, Berlin has granted protection to military personnel in a number of cases. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 09-05-2017

Merkel rules out allowing German Turks say on death penalty

Turks living in Germany will not be allowed to vote in any referendum on reinstating the death penalty, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks broadcast today (9 May).

Global Europe 11-04-2017

Executions decrease worldwide but number of death sentences spikes

Amnesty International's 2016 report shows that while there were fewer executions around the world than in 2015, more death sentences were handed down. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 10-04-2017

Erdogan: Europe is collapsing, we will bring it to account

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to make Europe pay for “oppressing” and “humiliating” Turks, in rhetoric aimed at boosting the “Yes” camp ahead of Sunday’s referendum on enhancing his powers.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Filipino president rages against ‘crazy’ MEPs

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has called European lawmakers "crazy people" after MEPs criticised his brutal war on drugs. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Germany says Erdogan has ‘gone too far’ with Nazi jibe

Germany angrily warned Turkey yesterday (19 March) that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures" in an escalating diplomatic feud.

Global Europe 06-03-2017

Council of Europe condemns Jordan hangings

Jordan's execution of 15 prisoners has provoked "indignation" from Council of Europe leader Pedro Agramunt, who insisted the Arab kingdom remains committed to maintaining a moratorium on the death penalty. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.

Enlargement 16-11-2016

Turkey says it’s tired of ‘two-faced’ EU attitude

Turkey is "fed up" with European Union condescension in talks over its application to join the bloc, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said yesterday (15 November), reflecting Ankara's exasperation with EU criticism over human rights.

Enlargement 15-11-2016

EU ministers criticise Turkey but not ready to halt membership talks

European Union foreign ministers yesterday (14 November) criticised Turkey's crackdown on alleged supporters of a failed military coup in July but Austria's call to suspend Ankara's EU membership bid failed to garner enough backing.

Enlargement 14-11-2016

Tensions flare as Turks head to referendum on new Erdogan powers

Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.

Enlargement 02-11-2016

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 Erdoğan’s policies continue to rub Brussels up the wrong way. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 02-09-2016

Schulz signals visa-free travel for Turks possible despite differences

The European Union wants Turkey to change its anti-terrorism law which it considers too broad but such differences do not mean a deal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to Europe will fail, the European parliament chief said yesterday (1 September).

Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.

Danish ruling party: EU should end accession talks with Turkey

The European Union should end accession negotiations with Turkey completely due to President Tayyip Erdogan's "undemocratic initiatives" and his support for reintroducing the death penalty, Denmark's government party said on Tuesday (9 August).

Global Europe 22-07-2016

Erdogan vows Turkish military shake-up as emergency rule takes hold

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed om Thursday (21 July) to restructure the military and give it "fresh blood" as emergency rule took hold in the NATO member country after last week's attempted coup.

Global Europe 20-07-2016

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed coup

Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary yesterday (19 July) to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.

Global Europe 19-07-2016

Turkey continues post-coup purge with over 7,000 arrests

The Turkish government is expected to continue its crackdown on suspected putschists today (19 July), while the US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt says he does not fear extradition.

Federica Mogherini
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.

Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan hopes to bring back the death penalty after coup attempt

Following Friday's failed military coup (15 July), the Turkish government has been consolidating its grip on the country, particularly the army and the judiciary, and has even aired plans to reintroduce the death penalty. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 18-07-2016

Greece-Turkey tensions build over the extradition of fugitives

Athens is in a legal, diplomatic – even moral – quandary regarding what to do regarding Ankara’s request that Turkish 8 military who fled by helicopter to Greece on Saturday (16 July) should be extradited.