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Mozart which is just half an hour away from Berchtesgaden by car and less than an hour away by train or bus. As motorway drives go, most are pretty mundane, at times even boring. This cannot be said of the drive south towards Berchtesgaden, which is defined by the spectacular view of the imposing alpine panorama that dominates the horizon. If you have a Vignette toll sticker allowing you to use the tolled motorways in Austria, continue on the A8 across the border — where it will turn into the Austrian Autobahn A1.

The B will be redesignated as the B after you cross the border into Germany, and after a pleasant drive through the lushly forested Schellenberger Land and the market town of Marktschellenberg you will arrive in Berchtesgaden.

The sticker should be affixed on the inside of the windscreen so it is clearly visible. If you do not have a Vignette and do not intend to travel in Austria, you should exit the A8 at junction before the border crossing, and head south towards Bad Reichenhall on the B Notice Most 'recommended' routes on satellite navigation devices will automatically direct you to continue your motorway journey into Austria: You will pass through the Schellenberger Land and the market town of Marktschellenberg before arriving in Berchtesgaden.

Instead, he has spent the past several weeks launching attack after attack against Merkel. He has said, for example, that Merkel's decision to take in the refugees trapped in Hungary is a choice "that will occupy us for quite some time to come. Merkel is concerned about losing support should she be unable to live up to promises she has made. Seehofer is convinced that voters will turn their backs on the conservatives if they get the feeling that their worries aren't being taken seriously.

But Seehofer also didn't believe that Merkel would remain so stubborn in her refusal to set an upper limit, which partially explains why he allowed the quarrel to escalate.

At the beginning of October, he threatened "emergency defense" measures should Merkel not change course. A few days ago, a new implicit threat emerged when Seehofer declined to deny reports that the CSU could pull its ministers out of Merkel's government.

The CSU currently holds three seats on Merkel's cabinet. And he has also opened yet another new front recently in the battle against Merkel. If Berlin continues to refuse establishing an upper limit, Seehofer said, his party may file a complaint with Germany's Constitutional Court. The party now stands at 43 percent, roughly 5 percentage points fewer than when Bavarian voters last went to the polls two years ago. And for the CSU, winning the absolute majority in state elections is really the only thing that counts.

That's also one of the reasons Seehofer is putting up such a desperate fight, though at this point, he would likely be satisfied with even just a small gesture. But it's unlikely Merkel will even agree to that -- raising the possibility that Seehofer has unleashed a genie that he will no longer be able to shove back into the bottle.

The longer Merkel ignores the CSU's increasingly insistent demands, the greater the possibility that the Bavarian party will lose credibility. To avoid that eventuality, Seehofer will ultimately have to follow up his bluster with action. But the former German interior minister also quietly conveyed the threat of doing just that. Trouble is also brewing within Merkel's own party. On Wednesday night, a county chapter of Merkel's party held a town hall meeting focused on the issue of refugees at an inn in the town of Bopfingen in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, a heartland of CDU voters.

Some 50 residents met in a back room with three CDU politicians. The mood was far from positive. Thomas Trautwein, the head of the city chapter of the party, accused the chancellor of having sent a welcoming message around the entire world. Winfried Mack, a member of the state parliament representing the town said, "The right to asylum is not there for us to take in entire peoples.

Then it was the audience's turn to speak. Then a third asked, "Does the chancellor even remember what's in the oath she took? DPA At a protest on Oct. In the Saxony chapter, general secretary Michael Kretschmer resorts to carefully selected euphemisms to describe the situation, saying, "The voice of the people is of course very present. At a protest in the town of Schkeuditz near Leipzig, a CDU member could recently be seen holding up a placard reading, "Dethrone Merkel.

Christian Hartmann, the head of the party in the populous city of Dresden, said that his local chapter is divided. Some members have joined up with the right-wing populist Pegida movement, whereas others are attending the counter-protests. But, he adds, "The skepticism as to whether the political policies pursued thus far can be successful is gaining the upper hand.

The general feeling is that we are structurally and organizationally overstretched. Take the state of Hesse, for example, where the state chapter of the CDU is also comparably conservative. During his campaign, he says, he has gone from door to door and the first issue on the tongues of people in most of the homes he visits is that of the refugees.

Bociek is one of 34 CDU politicians at the municipal level who joined together four weeks ago to send an open letter to the chancellor in which they described "major concern for the future of our country. He believes the protests are starting to have an effect. With negotiations with Turkey, new asylum decisions and an initiative to secure better cooperation in Europe, it appears Merkel is starting to take action. Merkel, this isn't your country! But how will the party run against Winfried Kretschmann, the state's Green Party governor, when he is constantly praising the chancellor for her handling of the refugee issue?

Party leaders in the state, under the leadership of Thomas Strobl, who is also a member of the national committee, are waffling. Such protestations of loyalty, however, are often indicators of deeper discontent.

And there are open voices against the chancellor's policies in the state as well. Nikolas Löbel, a young CDU leader in the state, is calling for a "temporary stop to the acceptance of additional refugees and asylum-seekers.

District CDU chair Thomas Bareiss, who is also a member of the federal parliament, demonstrated his rejection of Merkel's policies in his choice of a keynote speaker. Merkel herself is expected to make nine appearances during the election campaign in Baden-Württemberg. When she does, she will find a party that is torn -- because although the number of her fans in the state has shrunk, they have not disappeared.

In mid-October, 26 mayors and 10 members of the state parliament, signed a letter stating that they support her "clear position" and her "endurance. But in eastern German states, the image is clear. It's a strange development for Merkel. It has been a long time since she has faced such dissent. But there's another reason that the development could become perilous for Merkel.

Recently, greater scrutiny has been placed on Merkel's policies of the past months -- and it has revealed that she has made some far reaching mistakes. For one, Merkel's Chancellery responded far too late to the historic dimensions of the crisis.

Already as far back as February, local communities had already begun ringing the alarm for help. In May, transit country Serbia began preparing for larger refugee movements. But officials in Berlin did nothing. The Interior Ministry refused to allow the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to hire additional staff for processing asylum applications and thousands of old cases were left unprocessed.

Later, when it became clear that the task at hand was too much for the head of the agency, he still remained in office for weeks. In June, CDU members of the state legislature in Baden-Württemberg warned in Berlin that the situation could get out of hand, but federal government officials didn't even begin to think about switching into crisis mode. And then came Hungary. Merkel's decision to open the border was correct. There was a humanitarian emergency and there was no time for lengthy consideration.

But even correct decisions can have undesired consequences. Merkel failed to strongly state that taking in refugees in this way was an exception. It created the impression that Germany was prepared to accept every refugee who came to Europe.

She didn't mean it that way, but that was the message that many wanted to hear. He had wanted to suspend the Dublin Agreement, which requires asylum applications to be processed in the European country where refugees first arrive.

Under Dublin, his country would have been forced to take in many of the refugees. The chancellor did him a favor in opening the borders and suspending the original rules. And the point at which Merkel called for European solidarity came too late. Germany's partners understood action taken by the government in Berlin to be an invitation to simply pass the refugees on to Germany.

All at once, the balance of power in the EU was turned on its head. As it turns out, the woman who until very recently had been hailed the "Queen of Europe" has insufficient leverage to force her European neighbors to help. Instead, Merkel has navigated herself into a corner. The fact that she has been abandoned by both her European neighbors and many within her own party has strongly reduced the chancellor's room for maneuver. Instead, the SPD are observing with barely concealed satisfaction how their seemingly invincible opponent is weakening herself.

Hungary has announced plans to build a giant fence along the Croatian border - just days after sealing off access from Serbia with a mile razor-wire barrier pictured. One man lifts a crying baby as he waits to board a bus heading for a reception centre for migrants in Croatia's capital of Zagreb. Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.

The figures from Eurostat, the EU's official statistical agency, show that migration from April to June was running at double the level of the same period in The number of Afghans lodging asylum claims is up four-fold, from 6, to 27, Another 17, claims were made by Albanians, whose country is at peace.

A further 13, applicants came from Iraq which, like Syria, is being torn apart by the Islamic State terror group. Half a million migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year, with , coming in August alone.

Rather than claiming asylum in the first safe EU country they reach, most head on toward wealthy northern states. The human cost of the crisis has been paid by the estimated 3, migrants who have drowned after putting their lives in the hands of people smugglers for the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean. Risks being taken by many families were highlighted by the deaths of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip, five, whose bodies were washed up on the tourist beach of Bodrum in Turkey earlier this month.

More than , migrants have reached Greece and Italy, where the authorities are close to breaking point. Croatia's Prime Minister said today that his country will redirect migrants to Hungary and Slovenia. Police officers watch on as migrants sit on the windows of a train at a railway station near the Slovenian-Croatian border in Dobova, Brezice.

Refugees are making increasingly desperate attempts to cross Europe. A group of migrants are pictured trying to cross the river Sutla near Senkovec, Croatia on their way to Slovenia. TO listen to the BBC, you might believe that every one of the hundreds of thousands of migrants clamouring to get into the EU was a Syrian refugee fleeing the horror of Islamic State or tyrannical president Bashar al-Assad. But new Eurostat figures show the truth: The Mail does not underestimate the agony and desperation of genuine Syrian asylum seekers who, of course, deserve care and compassion.

But Germany — by first extending a welcome to all migrants, then slamming its borders shut when overwhelming numbers responded to the invitation — has created chaos for all its neighbours, where untold numbers are now stranded.

Through her naive and muddled policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has placed the very future of the EU in jeopardy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel fuelled the chaos last month by declaring that any Syrian who reached the country could claim asylum.

When the numbers became uncontrollable Berlin shut its borders, throwing Austria, Hungary and other EU countries into turmoil. Croatia has received 14, migrants in the past two days and was last night moving some to the Hungarian border. Hungary is laying razor wire on the border having done the same on its border with Serbia.

Croatia has closed seven of eight road crossings to Serbia and ordered its border guards to redirect migrants to Hungary and Slovenia. The Hungarian government described this as 'totally unacceptable'. Violence broke out yesterday between Syrian and Afghan migrants fighting to board trains across Croatia.

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