The conservative CSU is a regional Bavarian party, which plays an important role on the federal level as "sister party" to chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU.
The CSU traditionally has a comfortable majority of around 50 percent in Bavaria. The average age of its 147,000 members is 59, they live mainly in rural areas. CSU leaders are known for their beer-swilling populism, they embrace conservative family policies for stay-at-home moms and anti gay marriage; some are euroskeptic, and the party leadership wants foreigner drivers to pay to use German motorways. This page provides a collection of DW's content the CSU.
A right-wing smear against people who legally assist asylum-seekers has been named Germany's non-word of the year for 2018. The term, seen as defamatory and discrediting, was first used by Alexander Dobrindt of the CSU.
Right-wing members of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance have questioned Germany's constitutional right to asylum and its commitment to an international migration treaty. Bavaria's state premier does not want any changes.