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END FOR MERKEL? German leader facing revolt from own party as she ignores election defeat


The Christian Social Union (CSU), Mrs Merkel's Bavarian sister group to her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has hit out with accusations the German Chancellor is out of touch.
The CDU suffered an embarrassing electoral defeat in the right-wing state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last week as voters responded to Mrs Merkel's open-door migrant policy.
Last year the policy meant 1.1 million migrants came to Germany which has caused social upheaval and much political anger.CSU leader Horst Seehofer, the usually outspoken prime minister of Bavaria, has held his tongue since the result on Sunday - until now.
He said: "The situation for the Union is highly threatening.
"People want to be taken seriously, but they are not.
"People do not want these 'Berliner policies'."He said the country is "torn as is rarely the case as confidence wanes rapidly - people simply no longer understand how policy is made in Germany, they don't feel included".
The straight-talking politician, added: "We need a clear line for our content: tax, internal security, pensions, immigration - clarification is needed no later than September, October.
"Then we have to see if we can agree with the CDU."Mr Seehofer, said the ruling coalition parties of the CDU and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP), had a "good first half" of their rule but the path was "abandoned for a different definition of immigration policy in late summer 2015".
He said he made multiple calls for "course correction" but they were ignored, resulting in last week's "disastrous" election result.
His Bavarian state-based CSU is now annoyed with its CDU sister party as they believe Mrs Merkel needs to stop flying around the world and pay more attention to domestic politics.Mr Seehofer made a jibe at her as he postponed his planned visit to Russia in October.
He said: "I cannot travel around the world if I have to sort out important internal political issues."
CDU politicians usually meet the day after state elections to discuss results and then Mrs Merkel answers journalists' questions.
However, this Monday she was more than 10 hours away at the G20 summit in China and although she held a press conference on the summit in China, Germans were not impressed it was nearly 20 hours after the polls closed.
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