German Chancellor Angela Merkel wipes her face during a session on the federal budget at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on July 3, 2018. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL
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A migrant policy deal struck by Chancellor Angela Merkel to save the German government got a skeptical reception Tuesday from her Social Democrat coalition partners, although Brussels said it appeared at first sight to comply with European law.Social Democrat leader Andrea Nahles said the plan was worthless without bilateral deals with countries such as Italy and Austria.However, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker responded positively to the deal.The Forsa poll showed that 54 percent of Germans would have favored a CDU-CSU split over the migration question while 38 percent welcomed the agreement and the unity of the two sister parties.Merkel, Seehofer, Nahles and senior members of their parties met in the chancellery Tuesday evening to discuss the plan.
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