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Turks living in Germany will not be allowed to vote in any referendum on reinstating the death penalty, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.
Germany allowed Turks to vote last month in a referendum that endorsed broad new powers for President Tayyip Erdogan. But many local authorities banned campaign rallies, something Erdogan compared to naziism, causing a diplomatic rift.
Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in a September election, has said Europe should not push Turkey away despite concerns about Erdogan's tightening grip on power and mass arrests since a coup attempt last July.