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Merkel ally demands refugee limit, backs away form earlier threat

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Berlin (dpa) - The Christian Social Union - the arch-conservative Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democrats, on Monday agreed on its election manifesto, in which it calls for a cap on the number of refugees entering Germany.

The manifesto, dubbed "Bayernplan" (Bavarian plan), demands an annual cap of 200,000 on the number of refugees Germany accepts each year, a call that caused a major break last year in the relationship with Merkel, who says such a limit would be unconstitutional.

"The long-sought limit of 200,000 refugees per year for Germany is necessary to ensure functional integration," the election manifesto says.

In the document, the party stops short of making it a condition for entering another coalition with the CDU.

"Simply the fact that the cap is on the table has led to a fundamental change in Berlin politics, one that is very much in our interest," said Horst Seehofer, the head of the CSU and Bavaria‘s prime minister.

The protracted dispute about the cap ended earlier this year as the parties entered the election campaign.

"First, we want to win the election," Seehofer said.


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