“It is politically unthinkable that we would agree to hold such a vote in Germany on a matter that clearly contradicts our constitution and the European values,” Steffen Seibert told journalists, noting that if Turkish President Recep Erdogan would indeed hold such a referendum, Germany would ban it on its territory.
“If another country wants to hold an election or vote in its embassies or consulates here in Germany, it is a subject to approval,” the government spokesman said, as cited by the German DPA news agency.
He said that any country considering such a move should first file a corresponding request and “Germany is not obliged to comply with this request.”
“It means that the federal government can also withdraw from its approval… and ban a referendum in Germany,” he said, and that he“believes that [the German authorities] would use all legal means to forbid something like that.”
He noted that the German government has so far received no such request from Turkey and the issue remains a “hypothetical one,” on which he would not normally comment. Earlier, the leader of the German Social Democratic Party and a chancellor candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, Martin Shultz, also said that a referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty would be unthinkable in Germany.
“If the Turkish government would indeed hold a referendum about the reintroduction of the death penalty, it should be clear that Turkish citizens living in Germany would not be allowed to take part in such a vote,” Shultz told the German Der Spiegel weekly.