European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a news conference at the Delegation of the European Union to China in Beijing, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(reuters_tickers)
PARIS (Reuters) - Turkey is in no position to become a European Union 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.
"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.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Andrew Heavens)