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An 'upper limit' on refugees — by any other name

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09.10.2017

How do you feed a wolf without touching the sheep? Easy: With politics. After enduring a 10-point loss — near destruction by party standards — Bavaria's wolf, the Christian Social Union (CSU) chief Horst Seehofer, had his prey in sight: "upper limit." The term, heard uttered in hushed tones, refers to an annual cap on refugees seeking asylum in Germany, is now a done deal for the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU. Ok, maybe they don't call it that anymore. But more on that later.

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CSU doesn't want anyone further to the right

Political readjustment is standard procedure after an election. The CSU may have lost big time, but it is still in a position to make demands. Not only because the CDU's leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, badly needs her Bavarian sister party's support to govern, but also because an old CSU expression is no longer valid: The only thing further right than the CSU should be the wall. Franz Josef Strauss, the party's iconic post-WWII politician, set this slogan in stone. But the election on........

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