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>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann (Wash.Post) //

>Chancellor Angela Merkel granted Turkey’s request to prosecute a German satirist who derided President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Bloomberg) //

The crucial statement of what Merkel has done to "clear the way" and what action she took to "grant" Turkey's request to start a prosecution appears to be missing from both stories? Can someone fill in this detail because without it it just looks like "Merkel has not attempted to prevent democratic legal processes from continuing in their normal course".

What's this really about?

Edit: someone on reddit informed that there's a statute protecting foreign heads of state and that it requires the German parliament to 'allow' the prosecution in some sense.

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