German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2015. The prestigious honor, decided by the magazine’s editors, is given each year to someone who “affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill.” Merkel came in first place, before ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In the accompanying cover story, TIME editor Nancy Gibbs explains that “Europe’s most powerful leader” was awarded the title 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.”
Gibbs praises Merkel for her leadership on the Greek debt crisis and the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis, shedding Germany’s “toxically nationalist, militarist, genocidal past” by brandishing a different set of values: “humanity, generosity, tolerance.” Merkel is first woman to receive the title since 1986, when Corazon Aquino, first woman president of the Philippines, was named Woman of the Year. The other finalists for this years’ award were Black Lives Matter activists, Hassan Rouhani, Travis Kalanick, and Caitlyn Jenner. Back in April, Women in the World named Merkel one of the 50 women of impact for 2015.
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