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    Merkel Not Invited to Own Party Meeting for First Time Ever

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    Bavaria's leader Horst Seehofer might not invite German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the meeting of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) in November, despite the fact that both the CSU and Merkel's CDU party form a political alliance, German newspaper Die Welt reported.

    Merkel and Seehofer have been arguing about Germany's refugee policy for months. While Seehofer has been calling for the introduction of stricter measures limiting the inflow of refugees, Merkel has been insisting on a more open policy toward migrants.

    As result, the meeting of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) planned for early November is likely to take place without Angela Merkel. That would be the first time since Merkel's election in 2005 when she won't be present at such an important event.

    Commenting on the issue, CSU Press Secretary Jürgen Fischer told the newspaper that "no final decision on the issue has been made yet." Seehofer also confirmed that he maintained "open" and "honest" dialogue with the German Chancellor.

    The Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) form a political alliance and share a common CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German parliament. The conflict between the two parties started in 2015 with the outbreak of the refugee crisis in the EU.

    The current refugee crisis has been said to be the worst since the end of the Second World War, with over a million migrants coming to Germany alone. In particular, Seehofer criticized Merkel for her open-door policy toward refugees and suggested introducing the upper limit of 200,000 refugees a year, but Merkel has rejected the proposal.

    As result of Merkel's refugee policy, her party has suffered a series of state election defeats. Opinion polls suggest a majority of Germans are opposed to Merkel staying for a fourth term.

    According to a survey commissioned by the magazine Cicero in May, two months after the CDU suffered heavy losses in three state elections, 64 percent of Germans do not want Merkel to remain Chancellor.

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    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      The reward for a traitor!
    • Michl.0192837in reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

      Seehofer is no better, he allways works like a fallback: he seemingly opposes unpopular policies to bind the opposition, who he then sells out on.

      Same here: he could have stopped Merkel destroying German border controls after criticising Merkel's policy, but HE DID NOT nevertheless. He is a collaborator of the traitor.
    • tobi.gelandoin reply toMichl.0192837(Show commentHide comment)
      I agree with you ! But Seehofer has all so a personal bill to settle with Merkel but that is OK !!
    • Althea
      How juvenile it sounds that Mr. Seehofer might not invite the chancellor to the pajama party to watch scary movies and paint each other's nails (The Meeting). Chancellor Angela Merkel worked so hard for you until she she became ill.

      Now you decide to act, Sir? She needed your help. The country - the continent - has no "leaders" in the likes of you.

      The people will decide now who will represent them (not lead them), for they are the boss.
    • Danzig
      That what you get for treasonous acts to your country. People are sick and tired of two faced leaders that are rampant throughout the world.......
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