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Could Merkel be DESELECTED? Party STILL haven’t endorsed her over migrant crisis handling


GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel is facing potential deselection from her own party amid anger over her open door migration policy.

Mrs Merkel held an open day in Berlin yesterday ahead of elections

The powerful politician has not yet been endorsed to represent the party for re-election by one junior group, with reports she is deliberately postponing her announcement of candidacy to buy time to convince her peers.

Mrs Merkel, 63, , was widely expected to announce her candidacy for next year’s election ahead of her party’s conference in December.

A general election is expected to take place in Germany next September but candidates usually announce well in advance.

However it was claimed yesterday the Christian Social Union, a junior partner of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, had yet to endorse Mrs Merkel as their joint candidate.

And they are now planning to put off any decision on their preferred candidate until Spring 2017.

German news magazine Der Spiegel is reporting a serious backlash in the Christian democratic parties that have secured the chancellor her position as the leader of the country for more than a decade.

According to reports CSU boss Horst Seehofer is delaying his decision and will now not make any public declaration until after Mrs Merkel’s December deadline. 

Now twice married Mrs Merkel’s political allies are demanding that she announces that Germany’s “borders are closed.”

Hans Peter Doskozil defence minister of Austria said: “Germany must say clearly: the borders are closed.” 

Mrs Merkel first took power in 2005 and is expected to seek a fourth term in office.

Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), attends a Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania election campaignGETTY

Mrs Merkel is chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats but they have yet to select her

She exercised a “grand tour” of Europe this week to rally support.

She met 15 EU leaders in Berlin and in Italy, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic. 

It comes ahead of a crunch meeting in Slovakia on September 16 at which the 27 remaining EU members will agree on Britain’s exit from the EU.

Back home in Germany Mrs Merkel is facing a political test of her policies.

Constituents will go to the polls in her home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is gaining ground.

The far right is becoming more popular in Germany amid the migrant crisisGETTY

The far right is becoming more popular in Germany amid the migrant crisis

Candidate Leif-Erik Holm said in an interview last week: “The migration crisis is by far the biggest concern of voters and we are the only ones who have clearly rejected Merkel’s open-door policy.

“Brexit wouldn’t have happened without Merkel: Brits wanted to take back control because they saw that Merkel’s unilateral action – without consulting our parliament, let alone her European partners – brought chaos to Europe. 

“We will miss Britain, but I can’t blame you for leaving.”

According to reports Mrs Merkel’s home state is not taking many refugees and is housing just two percent of the millions who have arrived.

But there are growing concerns as the migrants begin to move around the country.

Mr Holm added: “Where will all these unqualified migrants find work? 

“No wonder our working people, the little people, are worried.

“Schools and hospitals are being shut down because of lack of funds, but suddenly Merkel tells us we have billions to spend on refugees. 


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