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The CSU elects a ' hard ' in immigration policy to govern Bavaria

The relief of Seehofer Pacifica a key party for the formation of a government in Berlin but also runs the risk of further clouding conversations with social Democrats

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The CSU elects a ' hard ' in immigration policy to govern Bavaria

A new tectonic movement in German politics has cleared one of many obstacles surrounding difficult negotiations to form a government in Berlin. The Christian Social Union (CSU), Bavarian ally of Conservative chancellor block, Angela Merkel (CDU), has settled its internal power struggle with relief of prime Minister of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer. The departure of Seehofer, who will leave his post in Munich after ten years, but continue as president of CSU, Pacifica in principle a key party for formation of a government in Berlin.

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The one chosen to govern from next year fate of thriving state of sourn Germany is his rival, Markus Söder, a politician known for his hard-line immigration policy. "I will leave my post in first quarter of 2018," said Monday Seehofer at a press conference.

The power struggle within CSU now ceases to be a more destabilizing element in political crisis that crosses Germany. But consecration of Söder escalation in party also runs risk of furr blurring incipient conversations with Social Democrats (SPD) in order to achieve an executive standing, as it extends ideological distance between parties called Be.

More than two months ago, Merkel's party won a fourth term in election without obtaining yet majority to form government. After a failed attempt to negotiate a tripartite with liberals and Greens, Merkel now tries to seduce disenchanted social democrats and in low hours. And that's where CSU, and especially Söder, current regional Minister for Bavarian Finance, becomes an actor to consider. Seehofer is and in principle will remain, however, person in charge of negotiating in Berlin formation of government.

The all-powerful CSU lost in past elections monopoly of conservatism in Bavaria and it is foreseeable that appointment of Söder try to recapture its most conservative and especially more critical public with open door policy for refugees That kept Merkel for 2015. The declining electoral outcome of CSU — obtained 38.8% of votes in September vs. 47.7% of 2013 — was a direct consequence of push of far right (alternative for Germany, AfD) and its anti-immigrant rhetoric. AfD obtained in Bavaria, where so far CSU was undisputed party-king, 12.4% of votes.

With se results, sound of Sabres in Munich has been growing in intensity in recent months and departure of Seehofer became a matter of time. At its 50 years, Söder is considered a patriot, who despises multiculturalism and prefers assimilation to integration. It is about to see extent to which new Bavarian prime minister has capacity to impose a swerve incompatible with social-democratic positions in area of security and immigration.

Following arrival of more than one and a half million refugees in last two years, CSU of Seehofer has advocated that a maximum quota of annual asylum claimants be set. Merkel, who initially refused to put limits on a right collected at Geneva Conventions, ended up accepting a maximum political objective of 200,000 refugees annually. On Monday, German press published that, so far this year, Berlin has processed more asylum applications (357,625) than rest of EU toger (199,405). Immigration was precisely one of topics that derailed talks to three bands between conservatives, liberals and greens.

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