|Photo Credit: L. CSU Horst Seehofer, R. Chancellor Angela Merkel|
CSU: 'Bavaria First'
Meanwhile, a few kilometers away in Passau, CSU head Horst Seehofer echoed Trump's policy in his own push to make "Bavaria First" in Germany. "Bavaria has the highest mountain in Germany and the lowest debt. Bavaria is special, Bavaria is a paradise," Seehofer told the beer-drinking crowd of 4,000 people. Although Seehofer renewed his call for a yearly cap on refugees - a position that Merkel strongly opposes - he voiced his support for the German chancellor during his Ash Wednesday speech. "As someone who has always loved to debate and argue and will always do so, I say to you: I know of no one other than Angela Merkel who can lead Germany on these global matters," Seehofer told the crowd. Seehofer also targeted Schulz in his speech, warning the SPD candidate to use accurate statistical figures while campaigning, lest he come to be known as "Schulz the cheater" in Bavaria. Merkel is due to speak later during the CDU's Ash Wednesday rally in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Germany's national elections are set to take place on September 24. rs/jm (AP, AFP, dpa) DW Photo