Despite early worries about Trump-ism taking over Europe, reason, and Merkel, have proven stronger

Blunting the Far Right, Merkel Gains as German Election Nears

Barely six months ago, after more than 11 years in power, the chancellor was vulnerable. Her immigration policies were unpopular and had buoyed a far right that was surging across Europe. Ms. Merkel herself appeared ambivalent about another run as polls showed voters tiring of her.

No longer. Today, the chancellor’s center-right Christian Democratic Union draws as much as 40 percent support, enough to lead a new coalition. Ms. Merkel’s position is so secure, many political observers have already shifted their focus from who will win the election to whom she will choose to form her next government.