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Thai king's sojourn in Bavaria causes headache for Berlin

King Maha Vajiralongkorn's residency becomes flashpoint in student protests back home

BERLIN/BANGKOK (Financial Times) -- Angela Merkel's government has warned Thailand the Thai king should stop conducting state business from German soil, in an unusual intervention that comes at a time of nationwide student protests in the kingdom.

It has long been an open secret that King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was crowned Rama X last year, lives for much of the time in Germany. German media have reported that he stays with his household in a hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Bavarian Alps.

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