Monday, July 25 2016 14:10 EEST
Juncker: Turkey is in no position to become a European Union member any time soon
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Turkey in no position to become EU member any time soon, and all negotiations for it to join will stop immediately if it reintroduces the death penalty, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday.

Turkish authorities have suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, teachers, civil servants and others since a failed military coup, Unian reports.

'I believe that Turkey, in its current state, is not in a position to become a member any time soon and not even over a longer period,' Juncker said on French television France 2.

He said that a country that included the death penalty in its legislative arsenal had no place in the European Union.

As reported earlier by, Turkey will temporarily suspend the implementation of its obligations emanating from the European Convention on Human Rights.

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