Germany's Merkel: Freedoms not curbed by migrant politics

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Posted: Apr 12, 2016 9:21 AM
Germany's Merkel: Freedoms not curbed by migrant politics

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany's desire to resolve the migrant crisis won't change its commitment to free speech, after Turkey sought prosecution of a German comedian for a crude poem about the Turkish president.

Ankara's demand to have comedian Jan Boehmermann prosecuted for insulting a foreign head of state, a move the government would have to approve under German law, is awkward for Merkel. She championed cooperation with Ankara to stem the migrant flow to Europe.

Merkel said Tuesday the request is being considered "very carefully."

She said it's in the interests of both Turkey and the European Union to find a "political solution" to the migrant issue — but fundamental rights in Germany including press freedom "are valid and completely uncoupled from this."