A migrant takes a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside a refugee camp near the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees after registration at Berlin's Spandau district, Germany September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Near the end of a recent campaign speech in northern Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel turned to Europe's refugee crisis of 2015 and offered her audience a comforting dual message.It is a phrase she has used repeatedly in market squares across Germany as she campaigns for a fourth term in a federal election on Sept. 24 that she is widely expected to win.Two years since she opened Germany's borders to asylum seekers to avert what she says was a looming humanitarian disaster – seeing her popularity slide as a result – Merkel has climbed her way out of the deepest hole of her political career. Merkel has been helped by external events such as Britain's vote for Brexit last year and Donald Trump's election victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which reinforced her appeal as a guarantor of stability.Merkel's knack for understanding how Germans tick has also been crucial.A vote for the CSU is akin to a vote for Merkel.A crucial factor behind Merkel's rebound has been the decline in asylum seekers entering Germany. The approach has helped Merkel extend her control over the political center.
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