Merkel Coalition Rift Deepens As Ally Demands Cap On Migrants

The chief ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded that there be a set cap on migrants per year or he will refuse to campaign with her for next year’s federal election. The coalition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel could be facing the brink of disaster as her chief ally and coalition partner Horst Seehofer may choose not to campaign with her next year during the federal election. Mr. Seehofer, who is the Prime Minister of Bavaria and the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), has demanded that the government cap the number of yearly migrants at 200,000 and claims he will not budge on the issue reports Der Spiegel. Seehofer told the magazine that he would only support the 2017 election campaign of Ms. Merkel if the migrant policy was changed, saying that a change of direction was needed to win back the hearts and minds of supporters. Many voters have been abandoning the two parties for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), as recent election data shows. This is by no means the first time Seehofer has come to blows with the policy of Ms. Merkel. Seehofer announced some weeks ago that Merkel would not be invited to the