Merkel faces backlash after collapse of case against German comedian for insulting Erdogan

Angela Merkel is facing a backlash following the collapse of a criminal case her government authorised against one of Germany’s most popular comedians for insulting the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Jan Böhmermann lashed out at Mrs Merkel’s government in his first public comments since prosecutors announced this week they were dropping the case against him for lack of evidence.

“If a joke causes a constitutional crisis, it’s not the joke that’s the problem, it’s the state,” Mr Böhmermann said.