Angela Merkel, with German chancellor re-election likely, faces uncertain world in fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed her signature reserve while ably discussing issues during the first and only debate Sept. 3 with challenger Martin Schulz. (Associated Press/File)

BERLIN – Six months ago, it looked like her job might be in jeopardy, but now Chancellor Angela Merkel is cruising to victory in Germany’s Sept. 24 vote and the big question is what Europe’s dominant political leader plans to do with her mandate for a fourth term. Although the vote is still a few weeks…