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Angela Merkel named TIME's Person of the Year

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 09:44:04-05

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named TIME's Person of the Year, praised by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis.

"Leaders are tested only when people don't want to follow," Time editor Nancy Gibbs said in a statement issued Wednesday. "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."

It has been 29 years since a woman was TIME's Person of the Year.  Back in 1986, Corazon Aquino, the first woman president of the Philippines, was dubbed “Woman of the Year (Man of the Year.)” TIME changed the title to Person of the Year in 1999.

The seven other finalists for 2015 included Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter protest movement, the head of ISIS and Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick.