TIME named Angela Merkel “Chancellor of the Free World” and specifically acknowledged her role in 3 key areas:
- Her influence in the Eurozone by saving it from breaking up during the Greek Crisis
- Her role in the refugee crisis and accepting refugees, especially Syrian refugees into Germany. She majorly set up a setting the standard for the rest of European countries and the rest of the world
- Her efforts to hasten Assylum decisions and to prevent other EU countries from shutting out refugees even after claims that terrorists maybe entering with refugees.