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Merkel is Time's Person of the Year

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 6:01 AM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev address the media during a joint news conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, yesterday.

ANgela Merkel is only the fourth woman to ever be named Person of the Year, after Time opened up the contest to women in 1936. She is the first woman to be awarded the title by herself since 1986.

A group of women - Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom, Coleen Rowley of the FBI and Sherron Watkins from Enron - represented whistleblowers, crowned Persons of the Year in 2001.

By the beginning of 2015, Time said, "Merkel had already emerged as the indispensable player in managing Europe's serial debt crises; she also led the West's response to Vladimir Putin's creeping theft of Ukraine.

"But now the prospect of Greek bankruptcy threatened the very existence of the eurozone. The migrant and refugee crisis challenged the principle of open borders. And finally, the carnage in Paris revived the reflex to slam doors, build walls and trust no one."