Mogherini to Turkey: A death-penalty country cannot become EU member

A country that has the death penalty cannot join the European Union, the bloc's foreign policy chief says in a warning to Turkey.

"No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty," Federica Mogherini tells journalists in Brussels.

The EU was the first to stress the need for Turkish institutions to be protected against a coup attempt, Mogherini says, but also adds: "This is no excuse to take the country away from fundamental rights and rule of law."

"We will be extremely vigilant on that, for the sake not of the EU or negotiations, but for the sake of Turkey itself and for the sake of Turkish people," she adds.

Last update: Mon, 18/07/2016 - 12:19

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