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When was the last time an EU national was executed anywhere in the world? There are a number of EU citizens on Death Row in the US, but I am not aware of any executions. How about elsewhere?
If Europe is to have a foreign policy, it should begin with a refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the death penalty, and should institute as a matter of policy that the EU will not tolerate the execution of any of its citizens by any state without consequences.
The EU already doesn't extradite people to countries where they may receive the death penalty. What further 'consequences' do you have in mind?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 02:08:41 PM EST
I can't find it anywhere right now, but I recall a British citizen being executed in the US about two years ago.
by santiago on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 04:04:41 PM EST
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Seems like the UK doesn't have a more 'special' relationship with the US than with China...

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 06:13:20 PM EST
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Here it is:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/mar2002/exec-m14.shtml

It was in 2002, longer ago than I thought.

by santiago on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 04:07:11 PM EST
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I remember it, it was a big row this side of the pond.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 04:03:50 AM EST
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...and the US authorities reacted with outrage citing sovereignity, too. This was a big row, too:

* Karl and Walter LaGrand, German citizens, were put to death in Arizona on February 24 and March 3, 1999 respectively. Germany is suing the US in the International Court of Justice at The Hague for denying the brothers consular access when they were arrested in 1982. They claim the US did not inform German authorities of the arrests until 1992, when all legal avenues had been exhausted.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 04:05:10 AM EST
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