Injured majesty and the EU’s rulers
David Green, 18 April 2016
Mrs Merkel’s decision to prosecute a German comedian for making jokes at the expense of the Turkish president, Recep Erdogan, tells us something about the political culture of the EU? The lèse-majesté law dates from the days when German political institutions were authoritarian and Emperors felt they had more in common with other rulers than with their own people. Many EU rulers today have the same mindset. It’s them against the ignorant masses, who keep delaying the realisation of their dream of a unified Europe with a few rulers like them in control.
The German idea of ‘injured majesty’ is not part of Britain’s tradition.