A satirical poem turns into an international scandal. At its center: the award-winning comedian Jan Böhmermann. Did he go too far with his parody of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
German media were sent scrambling after a report circulated on Twitter of a split in the decades-old alliance of conservative Christian parties. The tip didn't come from a public broadcaster, but a satirical magazine.
Turkey's upcoming presidential election can also been seen as a preliminary vote on the future of its accession to the EU. While German-Turkish ties remain tense, it wasn't long ago that things seemed to be promising.
The Hamburg court ruling has said that parts of German satirist Jan Böhmermann's poem are an "attack" on Turkish President Erdogan.
Angela Merkel has gone from defender of the rule-based international order at the G7 to struggling to hold her own government together. The timing is a surprise; the fact that her migration policy is the cause isn't.
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