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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is TIME's Person Of The Year 2015

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| December 9 , 2015 , 19:07 IST
[caption id="attachment_84302" align="aligncenter" width="700"]German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, right, cast their votes during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 17, 2015. German lawmakers are voting on a third bailout package for Greece later on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) It is first time when the prestigious title was bestowed on a woman.[/caption] TIME's Person of the year for 2015 conferred to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, magazine editor Nancy Gibbs revealed on Tuesday. Gibbs said that the lady who caught in controversy in 2015 by opening country's doors for lakhs of refugees is the choice for the one of the most prestigious international awards. "In a year where world leaders were tested all through the year, no one was tested the way she was, over and over again," the magazine published quoting Gibbs. "The threat to European peace and security really fell to her." The German chancellor emerged as the first choice for her determination and way of managing the Eurozone debt crisis. "She has stepped up in a way that was uncharacteristic even for her," Gibbs said. "She's been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the west. She controls the world's fourth largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world," the TIME editor said in the edition. Interestingly, Merkel is first ever women to receive the award since the change of title's name from "Man of the year" in 1999.