- Agence France Presse hails Angela Merkel as the Most Influential Figure of 2015
- Merkel was recognized for leading the European Union amid the crises it has faced
- Joining Merkel in the top 3 are Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was declared as the Most Influential Figure of 2015 by the international news organization Agence France Presse (AFP).
In an article wired by the AFP to The Manila Times on December 29, it was disclosed that Merkel was chosen by journalists from the agency’s different service and language groups as the person who made the greatest mark in the world during the year.
“AFP journalists have chosen Angela Merkel as the most influential figure of 2015 after the German chancellor stamped her mark on the European migrant and Greek financial crises,” the AFP said in a press release.
Merkel, who took the centerstage when she led Germany in opening its doors to Syrian refugees, is a research scientist by profession who holds a doctorate in Physical Chemistry.
She is also considered as the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), which is politico-economic organization of 28 countries located in the European continent.
“2015 has been an incredible year, hard to comprehend really. I’ve never experienced such a rapid sequence of highly significant events,” Merkel, who is also Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year,’ said in an interview with AFP’s Frank Zeller.
Tailing Merkel in the list of the most influential figures are President Vladimir Putin of Russia (2nd), and Pope Francis of the Catholic Church(3rd).
Putin was recognized for being able to compose himself despite the pressures that his country has faced after being shunned by world leaders for its role in the standoff against Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Francis was appreciated for his initiative to introduce a more inclusive stance in the Catholic Church in spite of the threats that come from extremely traditional groups.
The other figures who were recognized are the people of Paris (4th), ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi (5th), Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi (6th), US presidential aspirant Donald Trump (7th), Greek leaders Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis (8th), FIFA president Sepp Blatter (9th), and US-Iran foreign ministers John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif (10th).