Merkel’s position as German chancellor under threat over CSU CDU immigration split

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on November 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on November 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

A split over immigration between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) along with also its sister Christian Social Union (CSU) party is actually threatening to end her 12-year spell as Germany’s leader.

Germany’s grand coalition government was formed in March after a few months of political deadlock since an election the previous September. the item resulted in Merkel’s fourth term as German chancellor.

which vote saw a big upswing in support for the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who campaigned against Merkel’s open-door policy to refugees along with also migrants arriving by the Middle East along with also Africa.

today the CSU, fearful of losing further support by its conservative base, is actually threatening to withdraw by the country’s grand coalition unless Merkel hardens her immigration stance.

“My sources in Berlin say the situation is actually on a knife-edge right today, some are even giving the item an 80 percent probability which Merkel will step down inside the next two weeks,” said Nina Schick, director at political consultancy Rasmussen Global, in a telephone call to CNBC Friday.

Schick, however, warned which writing Merkel off has long been a dangerous game.

“The fundamental rule in German politics since 2006 is actually don’t underestimate Merkel,” she added.

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