Time magazine names Merkel as its 'person of 2015'

Time magazine named Angela Merkel as its ‘Person of the Year 2015’ hailing her leadership for navigating debt and refugee crises that threatened the EU

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Time magazine Wednesday named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its ‘Person of the Year 2015,’ hailing her leadership for navigating debt and refugee crises that threatened to tear the European Union apart.

“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,” wrote editor Nancy Gibbs.

Time described her as de facto leader of the European Union who this year steered the union through two existential crises -- Greek bankruptcy and the migrant crisis.

Throughout the euro zone crisis, when a battered continent looked to Berlin, Merkel preached fiscal discipline and kept a tight grip on the nation’s purse strings, soothing the angst of a thrifty populace.

But it was this summer that the usually cautious leader took the biggest gamble of her decade in power by throwing open Germany’s doors to asylum seekers – owning an issue set to define her legacy.

On Wednesday, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert, warmly welcomed the accolade, announced by Time on American breakfast television.

“I am sure that the chancellor will see it as an encouragement to press on with her political work for the good of Germany as well as Europe,” he said.

A Lutheran pastor’s daughter who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, the 61-year-old Merkel is the world’s most powerful woman, first elected chancellor in 2005 by Europe’s biggest economy.

Her oratory is often monotonous and she is awkward in front of the cameras, but it is this air of ordinariness that has made Merkel a hit with German voters, who value no-nonsense pragmatism and competence.

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