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Bavarian leader's planned meeting with Putin causes stir in Germany

Critics have warned Horst Seehofer's planned trip to Moscow could undermine the Chancellor's refugee policy.

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Bavarian leader's planned meeting with Putin causes stir in Germany

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Teaming up against Angela Merkel?

Plans by Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer to travel to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin are causing a stir in Germany, with critics warning it could undermine the Chancellor’s refugee policy.

Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), has been one of the strongest voices demanding that Germany close its borders and send back migrants with no right to political asylum.

His trip to Moscow, scheduled for Thursday, comes at a time of tension between both countries after a German- Russian teenager alleged she was kidnapped and raped by migrants in Berlin. Prosecutors said they had proof the claim was false.