German politician: no Turkish death penalty vote in Germany

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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, and then European Parliament President Martin Schulz, center, during a round table meeting at an EU Summit in Brussels. A pair of upcoming German state elections could show whether the center-left Social Democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term. Sunday’s vote in Schleswig-Holstein and the May 14 election in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, are the last tests at the ballot box before a national election in September. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2016 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, and then European Parliament President Martin Schulz, center, during a round table meeting at an EU Summit in Brussels. A pair of upcoming German state elections could show whether the center-left Social Democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term. Sunday’s vote in Schleswig-Holstein and the May 14 election in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, are the last tests at the ballot box before a national election in September. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)  (The Associated Press)

A leading German politician says the government shouldn’t allow voting in Germany in a possible referendum on whether to reintroduce the death penalty in Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of reinstating the death penalty since narrowly winning expanded powers last month. Germany and other European countries vehemently oppose executions.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has noted that the government must approve sovereign actions by other countries, such as referendums, on its territory. It permitted polling stations for Turkish nationals in last month’s Turkish constitutional referendum.

Martin Schulz, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger in September elections, told Der Spiegel magazine Friday: “We cannot allow voting in Germany on an instrument that contradicts our values and our constitution.”

Schulz’s center-left party is the junior partner in Merkel’s current coalition government.

Source: Fox News

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