Time Magazine Reveals Person of the Year
Posted On Dec 09, 2015
It’s the moment of truth we’ve all been anxiously waiting for. After many days of speculation, German chancellor, Angela Merkel has received the prestigious honor of being named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. She received much praise and admiration from the publication due to her skillfully illustrated leadership on poignant matters ranging from the European economic crisis to numerous fatal terrorist attacks within the country.
She surpassed seven additional finalists, listed in chronological order including, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, business mogul turned Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter activists, Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Caitlyn Jenner.
The announcement was made this morning on NBC’s Today Show alongside TIME Magazine’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs who stated, “No one was tested the way she [Merkel] was over and over again…She has stepped up in a way that was uncharacteristic, even for her.”
In an official statement released by TIME, Gibbs also said, “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.”
Being named the first-ever woman to hold the highest power in Germany as well as the fourth woman [individually] to hold the coveted title of TIME’s Person of the Year, it’s without a doubt Merkel, 61, has solidified her game-changing legacy in history books for years to come.