Merkel honored as great leader

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(March 28th, 2016) Taking second place of the list of 50 of the world’s greatest leaders is German chancellor Ms Merkel, who is currently facing an anti-migrant backlash after hoardes of refugees flooded the borders.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel talks to the media with Chairman of the German Social Democrats (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel and Chairman of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) Horst Seehofer (not pictured) about the three parties' coalition contract after signing it earlier in the day on November 27, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The three parties worked their way through arduous negotiations on policy issues that concluded with a 17-hour overnight session last night in order to hammer out the final details that will make a new German coalition government possible. The agreement still requires approval by party delegates, which especially in the case of the SPD is uncertain. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images,) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, TCN - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

Fortune magazine had named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as number 2 (after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos) on its list of the world’s greatest leaders. The award comes despite the fact that she faces a political backlash because of her government’s acceptance of up to a million migrants over the past year, mostly from the Mideast.

Fortune noted: “She is the only Continental leader whose term in office predates the 2008 financial crisis, a winner of three general elections who has also seen off countless intra-party rivals.”

Aun San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy party in Myanmar, was ranked as third while Pope Francis came in fourth in the list.
Last December, The Boston Global Forum named Chancellor Merkel one of its “World Leaders for Peace, Security and Development’’.