February 6, 2017 / 10:41 AM / 6 months ago

German conservatives agree on Merkel as chancellor candidate for September election

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Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU and Horst Seehofer, federal state premier of Bavaria and chairman of the CDU's Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) address the media following their meeting to end their differences over refugee policy in Munich, southern Germany, February 6, 2017.Michael Dalder

MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany's conservative parties agreed on Monday to nominate Angela Merkel as their candidate for chancellor in a Sept. 24 election despite their long feud over how to tackle the migrant influx, participants at a conservative meeting told Reuters.

The Christian Social Union (CSU) - the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) - has long criticised Merkel for allowing more than a million refugees into Germany over the last two years.

The CDU and CSU are meeting in Munich to discuss how to defeat a resurgent Social Democratic Party (SPD) in September's federal election. Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer are due to present their joint election strategy later on Monday.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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