There was no shortage of political upsets in 2017. Defying expectations that France was set to elect a Russophile president in the form of conservative Francois Fillon or far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the majority of French voters in the end put their trust in Emmanuel Macron. At a time of political uncertainty in Germany and concern over the trajectory of US foreign policy, Mr. Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, has emerged as a key leader on the world stage.Having presided over various coalition governments for over 12 years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to lead Europe into the future alongside Mr. Macron. However, the long shadow of the migration crisis came back to bite the chancellor, as her conservative bloc suffered the worst election result in over 60 years. In a shock result, the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party, which had campaigned on an anti-immigration platform, became the third-strongest party in Parliament. Ms. Merkel’s chances of serving another term are far from over, as she is set to enter talks to form another grand coalition, but Germany’s political scene has undergone a monumental shift.