In Germany, Embattled Merkel Faces Fiercest Criticism From Coalition Ally

Christian Social Union Party (CSU) party leader and Bavarian Gov. Horst Seehofer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting of the CSU, Kreuth, Germany, Jan. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Peter Kneffel).
Christian Social Union Party (CSU) party leader and Bavarian Gov. Horst Seehofer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting of the CSU, Kreuth, Germany, Jan. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Peter Kneffel).
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After welcoming more than a million refugees into Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approval ratings have seen better days. Discontent with her open-door policy has steadily risen, and so has support for right-wing populists. Her push for a European Union-wide solution seems increasingly likely to fail, while the question of her political survival has crept into headlines at home and abroad. The sheer scale of Europe’s escalating refugee crisis, the most serious since World War II, has been the driving external force behind this unsettling reversal of Merkel’s political fortune. But there has also been a strong domestic one: Horst Seehofer, […]

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