Merkel tops Forbes’ list of most powerful women for allowing Syrian refugees into Germany
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Merkel tops Forbes’ list of most powerful women for allowing Syrian refugees into Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with refugee children at a preschool, during a visit to a refugee camp on April 23, 2016 on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep. PHOTO: AFP
Orient Net
Date: 2019-12-13 13:31
German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped Forbes' annual ranking of the world's most powerful women for 2019.

Every year, Forbes compiles a list of the most influential female leaders from across the globe, in sectors including politics, business and entertainment.

Merkel has received top billing on the list for the ninth year running, with the publication praising her "steely reserve, from standing up to Donald Trump to allowing more than a million Syrian refugees into Germany".

Coming in second place is Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, who previously served as managing director of the International Monetary Fund and placed 22nd on the most powerful people in the world list last year.

Following Lagarde is Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman to serve as speaker of the House in the US in 2007.

In September, Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump, after a whistleblower alleged that Trump may have abused his power as president.

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who was recently named Time magazine's person of the year, has been placed 100th on Forbes' list.

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