You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Merkel migrant critic sticks to demand for cap on newcomers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/01/2017
Bavarian governor and head of the Christian Social Union party, Horst Seehofer, speaks during a party meeting in Seeon, Germany, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Seehofer is sticking to his demand for a cap on newcomers at the beginning of an election year in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek fourth term. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Bavarian governor and head of the Christian Social Union party, Horst Seehofer, speaks during a party meeting in Seeon, Germany, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Seehofer is sticking to his demand for a cap on newcomers at the beginning of an election year in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek fourth term. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's most prominent domestic critic on migrant policy is sticking to his demand for a cap on newcomers at the beginning of an election year in which Merkel will seek a fourth term.

Horst Seehofer, who leads the Christian Social Union — the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union — has been demanding for a year an annual limit of 200,000 on new migrants to Germany. Merkel opposes the idea.

Seehofer suggested recently that his party wouldn't join the next government without a cap. He said Wednesday that "we mean this demand very seriously."

He said his party doesn't need "public lectures" but downplayed tensions with Merkel's CDU, adding: "We have to discuss some things, then we will go into the election campaign together."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon