Spiegel Magazine: Turkey Summoned German Ambassador

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The ambassador, Martin Erdmann, was called to the ministry last Tuesday over the NDR broadcast on March 17 that featured a two-minute satirical song mocking Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, Spiegel Online reported.

The German Foreign Ministry declined to comment. Turkish officials could not immediately be reached to comment.

Erdoğan has harshly criticized Western diplomats after several showed up on Friday to support Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, and his colleague Erdem Gül on the first day of their trial in İstanbul.

Erdoğan is known for his sensitivity to criticism. Turkish prosecutors have opened nearly 2,000 cases against people for insulting Erdoğan since he became president 18 months ago, the country’s justice minister said this month. They include cartoonists, academics and even schoolchildren.