TIME Magazine has named its Person of The Year and, wouldn’t you know, it’s an international #girlboss — only the fourth woman to earn the magazine’s annual distinction since 1927 (do better, Time) and the first in 29 years. Without further ado, this year’s TIME Person of the year is…
The article goes on to explain Merkel’s transition this year from a shrewd (if not always super-sparkly) pragmatist to Europe’s boldest and most fearless leader during a year that really tested the European Union as an entity. 2015 saw Merkel’s Germany lead in bailing Greece out of bankruptcy, welcoming Syrian refugees, and deploying troops in the fight against ISIS. In short, Merkel wielded a giant set of ovaries with moral and tactical prowess. Her battle cry of the year was “Wir schaffen das” — “We can do this.”
TIME put it this way: “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.”
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