The influential American Time magazine announced this Wednesday, December 9, that the man of the year, according to the publication, became the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
In an accompanying article notes that the courage and determination to help Merkel save Europe open and transparent against the background of economic problems and the migration crisis.
«Because she demanded their country as much as would be decided not every politician who stood firm against tyranny, and against opportunism and for strong moral leadership in a world where it is so lacking, Angela Merkel became the «Man of the year» by Time», quotes the words of the chief editor of the magazine Nancy Gibbs news Agency «Interfax».
Note that in the shortlist of finalists, along with Merkel, joined Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the presidential candidate of the U.S. billionaire Donald trump and four other candidates. The list of eight finalists was published last Monday on the newspaper’s website.
«Interfax» notes that today on the website of Time magazine in the list of nominees the name of the Russian President is absent.
This tradition started 80 years ago. Since then, the editors of Time annually selects a person or group of people, who are more likely to appear in the news and embody the main problems of the time.
The editorial Board notes that the title «person of the year» is not a recognition of the merits of the elect or the confirmation of its special advantages. «Man of the year is someone who has managed to rivet the attention of the planet and have an impact – both positive and negative – on what is happening in the world».
We will remind that person of the year by the readers of the publication, became a Senator is a Jew from Vermont Bernie Sanders is a candidate for the U.S. presidency from the democratic party.
The second place of the magazine’s readers gave Pakistani activist Malala Yusafzai, which is fighting for the right to education of women in her country, which received 5.2% of the votes. The top five winners also included U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and host of a talk show Stephen Colbert.