Seems like a deeply personalised portrait, but this will be the selected image for the front page of Time magazine, which will show 2015’s “Person of the Year”: Chancellor Angela Merkel. Although a group of women had previously been in the front page, Merkel has become the first individual woman to achieve this title, which was previously named “Man of the Year” until 1999.
The 61-year-old German Chancellor has been chosen mainly because of how has she dealt with Europe’s political issues during the whole year. As it can be remembered, she started by confronting Vladimir Putin because of his attempt to seize Ukraine. Soon after came the serious financial crisis in Greece, with its several political arguments with the European Union, which, according to experts, she has managed to solve firmly. However, the most important reason why she has been chosen to carry the title “Person of the Year” has been because of her management during the refugee crisis.
According to Time Magazine editor, Nancy Gibbs, all this episodes that Merkel has been facing during this last year prove that: “no one was tested the way she was, over and over again”.
Gibbs has also emphasised Merkel’s opening of Germany saying that: “By viewing the refugees as victims to be rescued rather than invaders to be repelled, the woman raised behind the Iron Curtain gambled on freedom.”
So it seems that the latest decisions that Merkel has taken have lead her to achieve this important title. Gibbs has also given an excellent summary of why Merkel has been chosen and what has been her position during this year: “She has stepped up in a way that was uncharacteristic even for her […] She’s been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the west. She controls the world’s fourth largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world.”