Merkel Allies Balk at Visa Waiver for Turkey in Refugee Plan

  • German chancellor said to demand unity in her lawmaker caucus
  • State election losses revive criticism of open-border stance

Angela Merkel.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies said they oppose visa waivers for Turks traveling to the European Union, complicating the German chancellor’s effort to secure an agreement with the Turkish government to stem the region’s refugee crisis.

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