- German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped Forbes list of most powerful women in 2019
- The German politician was recognised for her role in standing up to Trump by allowing more than a million Syrian refugees to enter Germany
- Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank came second
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been named the most powerful woman in the world in 2019 by Forbes.
The German politician was recognised for her role in standing up to US President Donald Trump by allowing more than a million Syrian refugees to enter Germany, a decision that was opposed by the Republican leader.
According to a report by The Independent on Thursday, December 12, Merkel beat Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank to second place with Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker of the House in the US in 2007 ranked third.
In 2018, Merkel also came top on the list with Forbes stating she had positive impact as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union and as chancellor of Germany.
Pelosi meanwhile, announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, after a whistleblower alleged that he may have abused his power as president.
Environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who named Time magazine's person of the year on Wednesday, December 11, was placed 100th on the Forbes' list.
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