Angela Merkel, TIME's Person of the Year 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is entitled TIME's Person of Year

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Photo by: AFP

Merkel visits the Berlin branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Time magazine recognised German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its 2015 "Person of the Year" on Wednesday, noting her resilience and leadership through facing the Syrian refugee crisis and meltdown in the European Union over its currency this year.

Angela Merkel ist TIME Person des Jahres 2015

TIME magazine bestowed the title on the 61-year-old woman leader for the way she managed the economic unrest with the EU’s currency over the summer as well as the refugee crisis.

Merkel is the first individual woman to receive the "Person of the Year" entitlement since Time magazine changed its recognition from "Man of the Year" in 1999, while women have been entitled to the title as part of a group, such as last year's winner, "Ebola Fighters."

Merkel started the year by standing up to Vladimir Putin, slowing down the Russian president's attempt to seize Ukraine.

Then came Greece's financial breakdown, which threatened the entire European euro zone which Chancellor Merkel handled the issue in a firm and calm manner.

Merkel topped a short list of finalists in which there were the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who came in third, and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who was runner-up.

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