Angela Merkel isn’t having such a good time right now; the not-so-Iron Chancellor’s craven capitulation to Erdogan looks like it may backfire.
The article above refers to a previous precedent by the European Court of Human Rights as follows:
The Court determined that criminal penalties for conduct such as that displayed by the activist were likely to have a chilling effect on satirical contributions to discussion of matters of public interest – such discussion being fundamental to a democratic society.
There is no doubt that Chancellor Merkel has mortgaged her political capital in recent months.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere. I expect in the near future, Merkel’s craven leadership of Germany will end not with a bang, but with a whimper, as she shuffles tearfully into the shadows, having utterly squandered the high esteem in which she was once held in her own nation and in all the world.
But let’s be honest: she has no-one to blame but herself!
There’s a lesson in there somewhere…