Europe

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

The German chancellor's decision to appease Turkey is domestic politics, not EU policy.

Brinksmanship.

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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.

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