GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is losing support from her party members because of her open door refugee policy, new research showed.
By ALLAN HALL
PUBLISHED: 14:51, Wed, Dec 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30, Wed, Dec 28, 2016
Membership of Mrs Merkel’s conservative CDU party tumbled by 13,000 this year to 434,019 at the end of last month.
It is thought that many of those who tore up their membership cards have switched to the hard-right anti-immigration Alternative for Germany.
The falling numbers have put the CDU in second place behind the centre-left SPD.