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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is Time's Person of the Year

She is only the fourth woman honored by the magazine

Sadie Gennis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time's Person of the Year.

The magazine praised Merkel for her bold leadership, citing her decisions to welcome refugees, deploy troops to fight ISIS, bail out Greece and lead "the West's response to Vladimir Putin's creeping theft of Ukraine."

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"You can agree with her or not, but she is not taking the easy road," Time wrote. "Leaders are tested only when people don't want to follow. 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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Merkel is only the fourth woman to be individually named as Time's Person of the Year since 1927, when Charles Lindbergh first received the honor. Last year, the magazine named those who fought against Ebola.

This year, she beat out an eclectic group of nominees, including ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghadi, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter activists, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Caitlyn Jenner.

Angela Merkel, Time

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