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>> German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a deal with her conservative allies over migration. Removing a major obstacle as she tries to form a coalition government. Her party, the Christian Democrats, has reached a deal on immigration with their conservative Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union. It limits the number of people Germany will accept each year on humanitarian grounds to a net total of around 200,000.
Merkel won a fourth term as Chancellor in September, but faced heavy losses to the far-right. She now aims to build a coalition with two other parties, the pro-business Free Democrats, and the Greens. But Reuters correspondent, Noah Barkin in Berlin, says a hard line on immigration could be a problem.
>> The CSU faces a state election in Bavaria next year, and they're desperate to claw back votes from the AFD ahead of that election. So they're taking a very hard line on immigration. That is perhaps the biggest impediment to this coalition, this so-called Jamaica coalition in the coming months.
>> The migration deal with the CSU is seen as a concession, both sides have diverged over migrant policy in the past. The CSU has demanded a cap on migrants since Merkel left the door open to a huge wave of asylum seekers in 2015. Merkel had resisted it, arguing Germany's constitution guarantees the right of asylum to anyone facing political persecution.