The German chancellor met her party base in Heidelberg on Monday. Merkel learned that her refugee policy is still an issue that stirs emotions among Christian Democrats.
In what some have described as a bellwether for German politics, millions of Bavarians are casting their votes in state elections. With the CSU expecting a poor performance, the poll could spell trouble for Merkel.
The chancellor got a challenging reception from the youth wing of her CDU/CSU party at their annual convention. Anxieties over poor polling and looming state elections have bred discontent among the young conservatives.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has reportedly indicated a drop in irregular migration numbers. He had made a tough stance on irregular migration a hallmark of his Interior Ministry.
The German chancellor's party is about to undergo a month of stress tests with elections in the states of Bavaria and Hesse. But despite internal grumblings, the CDU is a long way from staging a real leadership battle.
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