The Trump Administration is making Europe nervous, even frantic but it is also opening doors. From a European military force to a new Brussels and Berlin defined IMF, to new autonomy in trade, the instability is laying great weight on Merkel... but at the same time she's more powerful than ever.
The test for her will be the upcoming election this September. If she wins, then hands down she is the most powerful political figure in Europe and depending on where the Trump administration is at by this fall she may become the de-facto 'leader' of the West. But she faces challenges. It's a volatile time but for some Europeans this is the moment they've been waiting for.
One wonders what Merkel is thinking right now. After the semi-disastrous (and even comical) meeting with Trump there must be a lot of questions and considerations. There is so much afoot at the moment. Between Brexit and French elections, the rise of the Right, tensions with Turkey, NATO in question, relations with Russia, refugees, the Middle East, the questionable nature and contradictions within world markets and the instability of the world order when it comes to trade, and of course Donald J Trump... it's hard to keep track of it all, let alone take it all in.
I'd like to a be a fly on the wall when the G7 meets this May in Sicily or the G20 meeting in Hamburg this July... or the Bilderberg Conference potentially slated for June in Virginia.