Angela Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year

FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, center, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels. Merkel marks her 10th anniversary at the helm of Germany on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Long reluctant to throw its weight around as the EU’s biggest power, Germany has found a new assertiveness _ at least in economic diplomacy _ since the Eurozone debt crisis erupted in Greece. Berlin has been key to designing the response, a combination of aid in exchange for budget cuts and economic reforms, and has been determined in applying it despite widespread criticism abroad for what many view as a damaging focus on austerity. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.”

The seven other finalists include Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick.

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