Germany accepts Turkish request to seek prosecution of German comedian

April 15, 2016 12:12 PM

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BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany had accepted a request from Turkey to seek prosecution of a German comedian who read out a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on German television.

The request from Ankara had put Merkel in a tricky position because she has spearheaded the effort to secure a deal between the European Union and Turkey that is helping to reduce the number of migrants arriving in Europe and Germany.

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