Merkel Voices Concerns Over Opera Cancellation

Angel Merkel today warned of the dangers of “self-censorship” in Germany after a Berlin opera house cancelled its staging of a Mozart opera because of fears that scenes in it would offend Muslims. “We must take care that we do not retreat out of a fear of potentially violent radicals,” the German chancellor was quoted as saying by German media. “Self-censorship out of fear is not tolerable.”