DESPERATE Angela Merkel is facing a fresh political crisis after her attempts to form a coalition were derailed by a leadership coup.
Her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), is now engaged in a bitter struggle for power.
Rebels in the party have attempted to seize control from leader Horst Seehofer, a key Merkel ally.
And they now want Markus Soder to head up the party, a man who is less keen on the Chancellor’s immigration policy, according to the Telegraph.
The rebels are calling for a non-binding vote to be held next Monday on who should lead the CSU.
If defeated, Mr Seehofer would be so badly damaged he could be forced to resign.
And that could be a major blow for Mrs Merkel who has been trying to negotiate a coalition deal ever since her election disaster two months ago.