Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor has been named as the 2015 TIME magazine person of the year. The title was announced both on TIME’s website and NBC’s Today show in New York on Wednesday. This title is awarded to an individual who had influenced the year’s news for either positive or negative reasons and is decided by the editors of the prestigious magazine. Last year, this title was given to the ebola fighters and the year before that to Pope Francis.
Merkel is leading the way, coming before the Isis leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi at second and Republican candidate Donald Trump in third. The editor of the magazine wrote that Merkel won this award because she asked more of her country than any other politician, stood firm against tyranny and expedience, provided steadfast moral leadership in a world where there is a short supply of leadership.