Germany’s Merkel For the First Time Concedes on Demands for Refugee Admission Ceiling

CNS News | 10/9/2017 | Staff
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Berlin ( – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time announced plans to limit Germany’s refugee intake, in an apparent bid to create a united front ahead of tough coalition talks to form a new government.

The announcement comes two weeks after Merkel secured a fourth term as chancellor in national elections, albeit facing a new challenge in the form of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the first far right party to enter the Bundestag since the 1930s.

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After a 10 hour meeting between Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its conservative sister-party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), the two parties agreed on a draft paper setting a 200,000 annual cap on refugee admission.

Up to now, Merkel has resisted calls from the CSU for a ceiling.

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The 200,000-figure refers to controlled entries , such as refugees accepted at the E.U. level, or exchanges under an agreement between the bloc and Turkey. According to German Interior Ministry data, 280,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year, compared to 890,000 in 2015.

In a new YouGov opinion poll, commissioned by German news agency dpa, 56 percent of respondents expressed support for the CSU's demand for a refugee limit, while 28 percent of respondents opposed it.

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Among the respondents, 55 percent of CDU voters and 69 percent of Free Democrats (FDP) voters were in favor of setting a limit, as were 96 percent of AfD supporters.

Green party supporters, by contrast, mostly rejected the idea, with only 26 percent in favor.

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The FDP and Greens are the two parties Merkel’s CDU/CSU union are now pursuing a coalition deal with.

In the past, Merkel repeatedly rejected the CSU’s calls for a refugee intake ceiling – a notion also rejected by the FDP and Greens.

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The YouGov poll suggests that, in the case of the CDU and FDP...
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