The 16 Best Lines From Angela Merkel's 'TIME' Profile For Person Of The Year

On Wednesday, TIME magazine revealed that it had selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its Person of the Year. Beating out other contenders like Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter activists, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Merkel was chosen for her extraordinary handling of several monumental crises over the last year. She has confronted Vladimir Putin over Russia's annexation of Ukraine, navigated Greece out of its debt crisis with the Eurozone, and became a one-woman beacon of hope amid the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Given her incredible year, Merkel was an easy choice. And as expected, TIME 's profile on Merkel is rife with unforgettable lines.

In a separate piece, TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs' elaborates on why Merkel was chosen, outlining a cataclysmic year in which "not once or twice but three times ... there has been reason to wonder whether Europe could continue to exist." Merkel's political style ("no flair, no flourishes, no charisma") and unparalleled leadership continues to lead the continent through some of its darkest times in recent history. As a world leader who "brandished a different set of values — humanity, generosity, tolerance," Merkel sets herself apart from most heads of state. Without a doubt, she should be celebrated.

Merkel's unique qualities also make her story a rich one to tell. Here are the 16 best lines from TIME's profile of its Person of the Year.

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