Defamation? Germany launches criminal probe into satirical poem about Erdogan — RT News

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Third Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an amazing story published by Russia’s leading news agency RT. It reports that a German prosecutor’s office has confirmed that it is investigating if TV comedian Jan Böhmermann violated the law by reciting a “defamatory poem” about Turkish President Erdogan, while Chancellor Angela Merkel called the piece “deliberately insulting.”

Source: Defamation? Germany launches criminal probe into satirical poem about Erdogan — RT News

‘Deliberately insulting’ is a weasel expression. Satire is part of Western culture and a part of a free society.

Two open questions readily come to mind:

  1. Whilst one must respect the laws of Germany, I wonder if there was political pressure to start the criminal probe?
  2. Surely, it’s no coincidence that Erdogan has Merkel over a barrel with regard to refugees.

Thoughts?

Turkey is key supplier of weapons, military hardware to ISIS – Russian envoy to UN — RT News

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RT reports, citing Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, that Moscow has submitted data on Turkey’s illegal arms and military hardware supply to Islamic State in Syria to the UN Security Council. It claims that supplies are supervised by the Turkish intelligence service.

Source: Turkey is key supplier of weapons, military hardware to ISIS – Russian envoy to UN — RT News

Whilst the link between Turkey and ISIS is not new, providing hard evidence to the UN Security Council raises the ante and brings Turkey’s foreign policy under international scrutiny.

Sadly, at Angela Merkel‘s instigation, the EU has recently agreed to give Turkey billions of Euro.

Surely, this article highlights that European policy is a complete shambles?

Thoughts?