BERLIN - Senior German conservative politician Andreas Scheuer has said German must become the language of the country’s mosques and that foreign funding from Turkey and Saudi Arabia must stop, BBC reported Wednesday.

The general secretary of the CSU, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, said ‘political Islam’ was undermining integration. His remarks came amid a German freedom-of-speech row involving Turkey.

The Turkish president has filed a legal complaint against a German satirist. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was angered by an obscene poem read out by Jan Boehmermann on public broadcaster ZDF.

His poem was broadcast days after the Turkish government complained to the German ambassador to Ankara about a satirical song on another German channel which mocked Mr Erdogan’s authoritarian style of government.

German prosecutors are currently considering whether Boehmermann should be charged with insulting a foreign leader in his obscene poem.

The satirist has been given police protection and this week’s broadcast of his programme has been halted.

The case has created a dilemma for Chancellor Merkel who, along with other European leaders, needs the Turkish government to fulfil its side of a deal to take back migrants who have crossed to the Greek islands.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed on Wednesday that Europe’s values on press freedom would not change, regardless of the importance of the refugee agreement. He did not make any specific reference to Boehmermann.