German Chancellor Angela Merkel is named the Time’s person of the year 2015 and she has been dubbed as the “Chancellor of the free world”
Time’s person of the year 2015 short list included Donald Trump, the leader of ISIS Abu Bakar al- Baghdadi, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick, Black Lives Matter activists, Vladimir Putin and Vanity Fair’s groundbreaking cover star Caitlyn Jenner. Though Angela Merkel had a simple and a modest personality than her rivals she emerged as one of the most important figures of the world praising her leadership for handling various international crisis including the European refugee influx, Greece’s potential bankruptcy, etc, that threatened to tear European Union apart.
Times Editor Nancy Gibbs said in a statement issued on Wednesday “Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow,” “Germany has spent the past 70 years testing antidotes to its toxically nationalist, militarist, genocidal past,” she wrote. “Merkel brandished a different set of values—humanity, generosity, tolerance—to demonstrate how Germany’s great strength could be used to save, rather than destroy.”
Angela Merkel, 61, is the first woman to receive the honor in 29 years, President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines won the honor before her in 1986, when the honor was still called “Man of The Year.” Merkel is the first individual woman to receive the honor since 1986. Her command during the economic crisis of Europe, management of issues regarding terrorism and the refugee crisis in Europe were large considerations in the magazine’s choice.
Daughter of a Lutheran pastor, Merkel grew up behind the Iron Curtain, 61-year-old; the world’s most powerful woman was first elected Chancellor of the world’s biggest economy in 2005. Her oratory is considered bland and she seems amateurish in front of the cameras however it is this air of ordinariness which has made Angela Merkel a big hit with German voters, who admire no-nonsense expedience and competence.
Steffen Seibert, Angela Merkel spokesman In response to this news told a news conference:”I am sure the chancellor will cherish this as an incentive in her job.”
Last month Angela Merkel celebrated her 10-year anniversary, making her the longest serving leader of European Union.