Germany's main opposition Social Democrats are holding a party convention in Bavaria. Delegates are preparing the party's platform ahead of fall elections.
While Angela Merkel is locked in a bitter power struggle with her Bavarian allies, the third party in Germany's government has stayed quiet. But the Social Democrats are not above making populist noises on asylum policy.
The SPD has presented a 100-page list of reasons for the party's crushing election loss last year. After taking only 20.5 percent of the vote, the party is trying to come back, but has it identified the real problems?
Angela Merkel has gone from defender of the rule-based international order at the G7 to struggling to hold her own government together. The timing is a surprise; the fact that her migration policy is the cause isn't.
Horst Seehofer has threatened to go it alone if a compromise with Merkel's CDU cannot be achieved soon. Seehofer insists on stricter border checks, while Merkel is focused on a longterm EU-wide strategy.
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