citesc cu surprindere intr-un articol de ieri din EUObserver: „In a statement released on Tuesday (21 August), the Portuguese EU presidency said the bloc viewed with „great regret” the upcoming executions and urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to halt them and consider a moratorium on the death penalty.

„We believe that elimination of the death penalty is fundamental to the protection of human dignity, and to the progressive development of human rights. We further consider this punishment to be cruel and inhumane,” Lisbon stated on behalf of the EU.
„There is no evidence to suggest that the use of the death penalty serves as a deterrent against violent crime and the irreversibility of the punishment means that miscarriages of justice – which are inevitable in all legal systems – cannot be redressed.”

Sunt perfect de acord cu paragrafele 2 si 3 din acest  citat, pedeapsa cu moartea incalca dreptul fundamental la viata al fiecarui om si nu s-a dovedit ca ar servi la reducerea infractionalitatii. Dar, totusi ce treaba are UE cu legile din statul american Texas, parte a SUA? Bineinteles ca texanii, prin guvernatorul lor, nu s-au lasat mai prejos cu un raspuns:

„Two hundred and thirty years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination,” he pointed out, adding „While we respect our friends in Europe, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”