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TIME Person of the Year 2017

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Since 1927, TIME Magazine has chosen a “Person of the Year,” defined as a person (or people) who has had the most influence over the news in the last 12 months.

In 2016, the Person of the Year was Donald J. Trump, who upended the political world after unexpectedly defeating his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton to become the President of the United States. The year before, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Person of the Year after she led Europe through a series of political and economic crises.

Creating debate since 1927

TIME’s Person of the Year is the magazines most famous feature and has been an annual issue since 1927. From presidents to protesters, astronauts to activists, each selection reflects the person — or idea — who has most influenced the news and our world in the past year, for good or ill.

Controversy and debate often arise from the Person of the Year announcement, and it is always eagerly anticipated and receives worldwide coverage from other media outlets, including other newspapers, web sites and television networks. This year TIME's Person of the Year will be announced in December.

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