EU Parliament Head: Turkey'south Satire Complaint 'Untenable'

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 2:27 PM

Martin Schulz said in an interview published Sun "it'south intolerable that the president of another country demands we restrict democratic rights in Germany because he feels ridiculed." Turkey'south Foreign Ministry summoned the German ambassador to demand the clip'south removal from the website of German public broadcaster ARD.

The head of the European Parliament has criticized Turkey for complaining about a German satirical song that poked fun at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Martin Schulz said in an interview published Sun "it'south intolerable that the president of another country demands we restrict democratic rights in Germany because he feels ridiculed."

Turkey'south Foreign Ministry summoned the German ambassador to demand the clip'south removal from the website of German public broadcaster ARD. German weekly Bild am Sonntag quoted Schulz calling the move "completely untenable."

Schulz, who's German, said Europe shouldn't stay quiet about human rights violations in Turkey either "just because we're cooperating with them on the refugee issue."

Below a deal with Ankara, refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey beginning Monday will be sent back to Turkey.

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