Merkel launches election bid with tough line on immigration

Executive members of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party (L-R) CDU Secretary General Peter Tauber, Hesse's State Premier Volker Bouffier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, CDU leader in Baden-Wuerttemberg Thomas Strobl and the CDU leader in North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet pose for a picture during a party executive meeting prior to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's congress in Essen, western Germany, on Dec. 5, 2016. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ





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