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German Chancellor Angela Merkel named 2015 Time’s Person of the Year

Time magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as Person of the Year 2015.

She was named for her role in Europe’s crises over migration and Greek debt as she had provided steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply.

With this, Merkel became only the 4th woman since 1927 to be named winner and the first women to feature in 29 years. The other women three women to win are Wallis Simpson (1936), Queen Elizabeth II (1952) and Corazon Aquino (1986).

Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named runner-up and US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump was placed .

About Angela Merkel

  • Angela Merkel (full name- Angela Dorothea Kasner) was born on 17 July 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany.
  • She is trained as a physicist and had entered politics after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • In 2005 national elections, Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor, and one of the leading figures of the European Union.
  • Prior to entering into politics, she was working as research scientist. She was elected as first women Chancellor of Germany in 2005 and since then is in office.

Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ title

It is an annual honour that has been bestowed by the magazine. It was started in 1927. Every year it is announced in the month of December. It is given to person who is most influenced in the news during the year and is chosen for better or worse cases in the news.

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Ebola fighters named as Time’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine has named Ebola Fighters as Person of the Year-2014. Time magazine has mentioned that these Ebola Fighters have been named for their tireless acts of courage and mercy for buying the world time to boost its defenses, risking, persisting, sacrificing and saving people from Ebola outbreak which has killed thousands.

In this regard, the magazine has pictured five people on its special issue covers. They are Dr. Jerry Brown, a Liberian surgeon, Salome Karwah-an Ebola survivor whose parents died from the disease and Dr. Kent Brantly, an American missionary who became infected while in Liberia.

Background

As per World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has killed more than 6000 people out of 18,000 cases in the outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ title: It is an annual honour that has been bestowed by the magazine. It was started in 1927. Every year it is announced in the month of December. It is given to person who is most influenced in the news during the year.  The person who is chosen may be for better or worse cases in the news.

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