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. She was 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." On its cover, it 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 is 61. She is just the fourth woman since 1927 to be chosen. She is the first female since opposition leader Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines. That was in 1986. Merkel is the first German selected since Willy Brandt. He was 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," Merkel's 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 (5)
  • maxwellc-3-bar
    12/16/2015 - 01:10 a.m.

    More men have earned this distinction than women because gender equality has only become popular in the last few decades. Many people used to think that women were not as capable as men, and as the times change, so do the ideas. As the editor of this article said, "[Angela Merkel] is just the fourth woman since 1927 to be chosen. She is the first female since opposition leader Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines. That was in 1986." As stated, it has been almost three decades since a woman was chosen. This clearly represents how biased and unfair the decision making process was. One thing that clearly surprised me is that Donald Trump was one of the finalists for the prize after many of the controversy on his statements and decisions.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    12/17/2015 - 07:53 p.m.

    More men have been chosen because woman have not been politicians since recently. It says in the article, "Merkel is 61. She is just the fourth woman since 1927 to be chosen. She is the first female since opposition leader Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines. That was in 1986. Merkel is the first German selected since Willy Brandt. He was 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." This shows how more men have been leaders and been more politically active because women have fewer rights. Women have not been chosen because they haven't done as much as men. I find this article interesting because I find that there should be more women on this list. Women should be in charge.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    12/19/2015 - 12:51 p.m.

    Men have earned more distinction than women because throughout history, men have always dictated because they feel more powerful, and more entitled than women. In the article it states "She is just the fourth woman since 1927 to be chosen." This shows that men have always felt more powerful, thus leading to few women being chancellor. I was not surprised by this article because I know that in history men have always felt more powerful than women. I was interested in this article because my mom is from Germany, and I like to learn about their government.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    1/06/2016 - 08:46 p.m.

    I think this is amazing because Chancellor Angela Merkel is the fourth woman to be chosen since 1927 and the first German to be chosen since William Brandt. It is obvious that she was chosen because she did many significant things. I cannot believe that Donald Trump was actually a finalist for Time's Person of the Year. I guess because he influenced the world significantly.
    Why have more men earned this distinction than women?
    Answer: More men earned this distinction than women because women are not given credit for what they did. It always went to the men.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    1/16/2016 - 05:11 p.m.

    More men earned this distinction that women because gender equality was not given proper attention until recently. Merkel is the fourth women to be named Time's person of the year since 1927. She was awarded the title for providing moral leadership in the world, standing firm against tyranny, and for "asking more of her country than most politicians would dare."

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