Angela Merkel’s conservatives dip in polls before crunch EU migrant meeting

Deutsche Welle: The impasse within the German government over Angela Merkel‘s policy on migrants is taking its toll on both parties involved. In a public opinion poll commissioned by Der Spiegel magazine, only 29.8 percent of those asked said they would vote for the conservative CDU-CSU alliance, if Germany were to hold a national election on Sunday. The dip in the polls to below the psychologically significant 30-percent mark is a further indication that quarrels between Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), over migrant policy are hurting the conservative bloc as a whole. The CSU is currently polling around a mere 40 percent in regional polling ahead of October’s local Bavarian election, in which the party aspires to retain its absolute majority. In post-war Germany history, the CSU usually governs Bavarian on its own.


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