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Merkel's Blunder Doesn't Justify U.K. Exit

on Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:14 pm
Advocates of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union have pounced on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ill-advised decision to allow the prosecution of satirist Jan Boehmermann for an obscene poem about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. To them, the German leader has illustrated the unacceptable compromises the European Union's dysfunctional nature forces nations to accept. That may be right to a degree, but Merkel is walking a domestic tightrope, and she's beginning to wobble.

Earlier this week, London Mayor Boris Johnson, one of the most eloquent campaigners for a U.K. exit, wrote a column criticizing Merkel for not rejecting Erdogan's demand that Boehmermann be prosecuted:

"The process of EU integration means the wholesale erosion of democracy; and it would seem that protecting that process means the erosion of free speech as well. The whole thing is infamous."..........................

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