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What Horst Seehofer failed to understand about Angela Merkel

Seehofer and his allies had hoped that a row over migration would bring down Angela Merkel. They under-estimated her

By Matthew Qvortrup  

Horst Seehofer (L)and Angela Merkel, sitting in the plenary session in the German Bundestag. Photo: PA

“Merkel wins first half,” was the headline on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s live-commentary of Angela Merkel and her Home Secretary Horst Seehofer’s Monday night meeting.

Having been deprived of following the World Cup past the group stage, the summit was reported with all the drama and hysteria that normally characterize a penalty shoot-out.

But before we enter into the climactic final, it is necessary to go back to the first half of…

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