Angela Merkel, German Chancellor has been named the ‘Person of the Year’ by the prominent Time magazine. She has at various times surprised the world with her daring decisions and strategic thinking. It was her decision that allowed the German nation to open its borders to refugees.
Merkel has confronted major daring situations across Europe, throughout the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, during Greece’s financial meltdown and after a deadly encounter of coordinated attacks in Paris. Merkel agreed to bail Greece of its financial challenges on strict terms that Germans would welcome refugees as casualties of a radical Islamist savagery, not carriers of it and that Germans would deploy troops abroad in the fight against ISIS. These significant initiatives and bold steps have made her a woman of international repute.
Angela Merkel was the first female chancellor of Germany and she assumed that position in November 2005. She is presently the first woman to be awarded the Time magazine ‘Person of the Year’ after the magazine changed its title from ‘Man of the Year’ in 1999 and she is the fourth woman to receive the magazine’s year-end honor since 1927. Before then, four notable women were named as “Woman of the Year”. They are Wallis Simpson (1936); Soong Meiling (1937); Queen Elizabeth II (1952); Corazon Aquino (1986).