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Merkel’s House of Cards Collapsing as Allies Fear Being Out-Trumped

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing going into next year’s federal elections – seeking her fourth term – without the backing of her sister party of decades and other allies keen to distance themselves from her “establishment” credentials, following Donald Trump’s victory in the US.

Merkel is already facing an uphill battle ahead of next year’s election, having drawn severe criticism within her own country and abroad over her generous ‘open doors’ policy to refugees, which saw more than a million asylum seekers flood across Europe to seek a new life in Germany.

The German Chancellor heads the center-right Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), which campaigns and fields candidates across all Germany except Bavaria, where her sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) — led by Horst Seehofer — hold sway.