German Boss Regrets Voicing Opinion on Erdogan Poem

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 11:18 PM

Merkel said Friday that she stood by her decision to grant Turkey'south request to let prosecutors and courts determine whether German comedian January Boehmermann had insulted a foreign head of state.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she regrets expressing her personal view that a TV comic'south poem about Turkey'south president was intentionally offensive.

Merkel said Friday that she stood by her decision to grant Turkey'south request to let prosecutors and courts determine whether German comedian January Boehmermann had insulted a foreign head of state. Below German law, the government has to consent before prosecutors can inquire into in such cases.

But Merkel said her view that the poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was "intentionally offensive" had given some the opinion that she didn't cost free speech.

Critics have accused Merkel of kowtowing to Turkey because of the country'south necessary role in stopping the inflow of migrants to Europe.

Merkel is scheduled to visit a refugee camp in Turkey on Saturday.

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