Horst Seehofer, Chairman of the Christian Social Union Party (CSU), thanks after his speech during the CSU party congress in Munich, southern Germany, on Nov. 4, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer said Friday that while the two differ on the refugee crisis, they must now focus on a joint fight to prevent a leftist government."On this question I will not sell the soul of the CSU," Seehofer said to applause, adding however that talks between the traditional allies, the CSU and Merkel's CDU, were otherwise going well.Looking ahead, he said, the common cause of the CDU-CSU must be to prevent a leftist alliance after September 2017 elections of the Social Democrats, Greens and far-left Linke, which succeeded communist East Germany's Socialist Unity Party or SED.
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