Angela Merkel Named Time’s Person Of The Year

Above: German leader Angela Merkel named Time's Person of the Year

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Time called Merkel the “Chancellor Of The Free World” on the cover praising her leadership role in Europe’s crises over migration, Syrian refugees and the Greek debt crisis. The magazine also noted her leadership during what it called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “creeping theft of Ukraine”.

“Not once or twice but three times there has been reason to wonder this year whether Europe could continue to exist, not culturally or geographically but as a historic experiment in ambitious statecraft,” Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote. “You can agree with her or not, but she is not taking the easy road. Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow. For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is TIME’s Person of the Year.”

Merkel, 61, is only the fourth woman since 1927 to be chosen and the first since opposition leader Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines in 1986. She is the first German since Willy Brandt, the West German chancellor named in 1970 for “seeking to bring about a fresh relationship between East and West” during the Cold War. In 1999, Time picked the German-born Albert Einstein as Person of the Century.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named runner-up and third place went to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Time‘s other finalists included: Caitlyn Jenner, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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