I am writing in response to your naming Angela Merkel as your Person of the Year—but citing her as a person of negative influence (AW&ST Jan. 14, p. 44). I was surprised by how little your editorial tried to understand Merkel's viewpoint in the context of the recent global economic problems. The woman is responsible and accountable to 81 million Germans, and arguably many more people throughout Europe. What the global financial crisis has partly illustrated to me is that a ...


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