A combination of pictures shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she gives a statement on Turkey's request to seek prosecution of German comedian Jan Boehmermann (R) who read out a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on German television, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 15, 2016, and a file picture of Boehmermann during a TV show of Markus Lanz in Hamburg on February 10, 2013. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has filed a complaint against a comedian who recited a satirical and sexually crude poem about him on German television, complicating Berlin's attempts to get Turkey's help in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen/Files and Fabrizio Bensch


For Angela Merkel, the Böhmermann affair is just a sideshow

April 21, 2016, Constanze Stelzenmüller

In her analysis of the Böhmermann affair, Constanze Stelzenmüller writes that this row with Turkey over a poem must be kept in proportion.

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