October 23, 2016

Merkel to comment on Turkey’s request to prosecute German comedian

German Chancellor Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a statement at 1100 GMT on Friday on Turkey’s request to seek prosecution of a German comedian who read out a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on German television, a spokesman said.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert declined to give further details during a news conference on Friday.

The broadcast of the poem unleashed a diplomatic spat between Ankara and Berlin and Turkey’s request for comic Jan Boehmermann to be prosecuted has created a headache for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has just pushed through a European Union agreement with Ankara to help curb the influx of migrants.

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