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Thursday, September 8, 2016
Merkel Allies Plan to Block Re-Election Run
The Stream - Thursday September 8, 2016
by Jacob Bojesson
Pressure is mounting on German Chancellor Angela Merkel as some of her allies won't back her for a fourth term during next year's election.
Candidates from the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have "promised" not to back a Merkel candidacy in 2017, according to German newspaper Bild. Merkel has yet to announce a run for re-election, which is believed to have to do with a rift with CSU.
CDU suffered a disastrous election in Merkel's home state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Sunday -- finishing third behind the Social Democrats and nationalist party Alternative fur Deutschland. CSU leader Horst Seehofer warned that the conservative movement in Germany is "threatened" by Merkel's open-door immigration policies, and that many more election defeats may follow if she doesn't change tone.