Germany: Prosecuting Turkish satirist could ‘cost Merkel the chancellery’

Turkey is asking Germany to prosecute a satirist who made fun of its president. No matter how Merkel decides, experts say she can’t win. She’ll either offend an important diplomatic partner or alienate German supporters. (Deutsche Welle)

What happened?

Turkey asks Germany to prosecute comedian over Erdoğan poem:

In a short clip from a late-night programme screened on the German state broadcaster ZDF at the end of last month, comedian Jan Böhmermann sits in front of a Turkish flag beneath a small, framed portrait of Erdoğan, reading out a poem that accuses the Turkish president of, among other things, “repressing minorities, kicking Kurds and slapping Christians while watching child porn”. (The Guardian)