German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time Magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year – the first woman in 29 years to take the top spot.
“Merkel had already emerged as the indispensable player in managing Europe’s serial debt crises; she also led the West’s response to Vladimir Putin’s creeping theft of Ukraine. But now the prospect of Greek bankruptcy threatened the very existence of the euro zone,” Time‘s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote.
“The migrant and refugee crisis challenged the principle of open borders. And finally, the carnage in Paris revived the reflex to slam doors, build walls and trust no one,” she added.
Others who made Time Magazine’s ‘short list’ for 2015 included Catalyn Jenner, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matters activists and Iran President Hassan Royhani.
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