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Merkel 'agrees' refugee cap with allies

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Merkel 'agrees' refugee cap with allies

<p>Talks to form a government in Germany appear to have made some progress. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party the Christian Democrats (<span class="caps">CDU</span>) has reportedly reached a deal with its sister party the Christian Social Union (<span class="caps">CSU</span>) over the issue of a refugee cap.</p> <p>It is believed to have been set at an annual limit of around 200,000. The breakthrough would remove a major obstacle as Merkel’s <span class="caps">CDU</span> seek to form a coalition government.</p> <p>The two parties have formed a parliamentary bloc together for decades, but have diverged over migrant policy since Merkel left the border open to a huge wave of migrants in 2015, most of whom entered the country through Bavaria. Under the face-saving compromise brokered on Sunday (Oct. 8), Germany would accept a net of about 200,000 people a year on humanitarian grounds, including families of refugees already in Germany. The cap would be flexible if needed, according to international circumstances.</p> <p>Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in a September 24th election but was weakened by heavy losses to the far right – the issue of immigration being a major factor.</p> <p>Merkel wants to bring together her conservative bloc and two other parties – the liberal, pro-business Free Democrats (<span class="caps">FDP</span>) and the Greens – which are far apart on issues from tax and energy to Europe.</p> <p>It could still take months to get a full coalition deal. Meanwhile investors are concerned about a policy standstill in Europe’s biggest economy.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Merkel pushes for 3-way “Jamaica” coalition in Germany <a href="https://t.co/DkZRPhF17A">https://t.co/DkZRPhF17A</a> <a href="https://t.co/khRm89XrQj">pic.twitter.com/khRm89XrQj</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/916692115140247552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 7, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>