Credit to Germany
Its to the great credit of Germany that so few people think about the unification of Germany in the context of many of todays challenges. For Germany to emerge from that in surplus is exemplar IMHO.
Contrast that with France and the rest of Europe and what it expects of them and the next generational shift has to be considered carefully.
I do think if Merkel wins she will hold all the cards and play them wisely for Germany, Europe and the EU. I also think she will be a key moderator in the Brexit negotiation, she knows Britain, she knows France, she knows Germany!
Why the narrative has to build with the US spin wrapping, well thats journalism!