But the acid test would be if some more colums of marching men start marching north.
Would Frau Merkel open the doors of Germany to them a second time?
Would the general public come out again to give them a cheering welcome?
But it ain't over till the fat lady sings: Frau Merkel's most salient quality is to sit and wait things out and only to take action or seize the initiative till the last moment or when that is the last option. If she is true to her form she will wait till nearly the last minute of her Chancellorship before she resigns -- so four more years to go. And just in case you might miss her policies once she's gone, her chosen successor -- Frau Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waits in the wings to fill the void and carry on the same policies.