Immigration policy at center of Merkel’s coalition talks

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 08.10.2017 18:43
Updated 08.10.2017 18:45
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to attend a congress of the Junge Union Deutschlands (JU, the joint youth organisation of the two conservative parties CDU and CSU) in Dresden. (AFP Photo)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to attend a congress of the Junge Union Deutschlands (JU, the joint youth organisation of the two conservative parties CDU and CSU) in Dresden. (AFP Photo)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with leaders of her Bavarian conservative sister party to form a coalition government and to overcome differences on immigration policy following her party Christian Democrats' (CDU) poor performance in September's election.

The Christian Social Union (CSU) blamed the loss of seats on Merkel's "open door" policy and called for a 200,000 refugee cap, according to BBC News.

Merkel is opposed to caps but does not want to repeat the influx that occurred at the height of the migrant crisis.

The Chancellor allowed 1.3 million migrants and refugees to enter Germany last year.

Coalition negotiations will be "difficult," Merkel acknowledged, but CSU and the Christian Democrats want to sort out their policy program before beginning talks with other parties.

Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party, entered parliament for the first time in September, winning 12.6 percent of the vote, breaking a long-standing taboo on hard-right parties sitting in the Bundestag.

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