Germany’s chancellor named Time's Person of the Year German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named as Time's Person of the Year, the publication announced Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Germany’s chancellor named Time's Person of the Year
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time's Person of the Year, praised by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis.
 
Time also cited Merkel's strong response to "Vladimir Putin's creeping theft of Ukraine" and on its cover called her "Chancellor of the Free World."
 
"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 just 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.
 
"I'm sure the chancellor will regard this as an encouragement for her political work, for a good future for Germany as well as for Europe," her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said.
 
The seven other finalists for 2015 included Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick.

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Why have more men earned this distinction than women?
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COMMENTS (33)
  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    12/15/2015 - 11:59 a.m.

    I think more men have won because there has always been this idea that men are greater and more powerful than women.

  • charlesh-war
    12/22/2015 - 08:29 a.m.

    Yay! Angela Merkel is finally time's person of the year. Congratulations I hope this becomes a precedent that we don't always look to America first for our time people of the year.

  • kbeatty-cel
    1/08/2016 - 10:02 a.m.

    This is newsworthy because it shows that women can receive things just like any man could. She is the fourth to earn the title so it is possible. Things like this have a reason to be published to encourage other people that are trying to make a difference.

  • brooklynk-fel
    1/15/2016 - 02:56 p.m.

    More men have earned this distinction than women because women used to stay home and do housework while men worked.

  • ethanb-1-fel
    1/15/2016 - 02:57 p.m.

    More men earned this distinction than women because women had to do chores while men went to war.

  • mimir-fel
    1/19/2016 - 02:18 p.m.

    More men have earned the distinction because, in the past, women would stay home and do housework, while men put themselves in the world seeing as they were eligible to work away from their houses.

  • callans-fel
    1/19/2016 - 02:18 p.m.

    More men have earned this distinction than women because men are more likely to have that position. Men are usually the gender who has the more important jobs, such as this one.

  • elizabetht-fel
    1/19/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    More men have earned this distinction than women because women used to have the role to stay at home, cook, clean, and raise the children. Men had been given more opportunity than women beforehand, so this is why more men have this distinction than women.

  • garretta-fel
    1/19/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    More men have earned this award more than women because women used to not have as many rights as men so they couldn't really do anything to become person of the year.

  • lances-fel
    1/19/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    More men have earned this distinction than women because women used to stay at home and do house work while men were out working or at war.

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