Erdogan Loses Axel Springer CEO Lawsuit Over Bawdy German Poem

  • Turkish president sued after Doepfner supported comedian
  • Dispute started with lewd TV joke designed to test libel law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost a bid to have a German court silence Axel Springer SE Chief Executive Officer Mathias Doepfner in a spat over a comedian’s insults on German television that has left the leaders of two countries red faced.

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