Deport failed asylum seekers back to war zones, says Bavaria minister

Refugee policy creates rift among conservative allies as Joachim Herrmann blames Angela Merkel for her party’s poor show in regional elections

Migrants in Germany who have been denied asylum should be deported to war zones such as Afghanistan, Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, has said, in a further sign of growing differences between Angela Merkel and her conservative allies over the refugee crisis.

The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) to which Herrmann belongs has stepped up its criticism of Merkel after her Christian Democrats (CDU) performed poorly in regional elections in her own constituency last weekend.

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