LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Time Magazine has announced its Person of the Year. This year’s choice is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel has been a key figure in a number of European crises in 2015, including the continuing debt crises, the migrant and refugee problem, and Russia’s activities in the countries neighboring it.
Time called Merkel “Chancellor of the Free World” and praised her “steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply." Merkel is the first woman to be chosen for this annual honor in 29 years. She is also the first German to receive the honor since it was given to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt in 1970.
The choice of Merkel has caused some controversy, including complaints by Donald Trump, one of the runners-up. But Time’s choices over the years have included all sorts of people, including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. Other candidates for Time's 2015 honor were Caitlyn Jenner, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Black Lives Matter protest movement, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Donald Trump, and Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.
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