Luxembourg PM receives Charlemagne Prize

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26 May 2006, AACHEN, Germany - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker received the 2006 Charlemagne Prize this week in recognition of his services to European peace and unity. The citation praised Juncker as "a driving force" behind European integration, a "bridge builder between people and politicians," and "an innovative thinker for the united Europe of the future." In his acceptance speech, the 51-year-old prime minister called on people to show greater pride in the achievements of Europe and urg

26 May 2006

AACHEN, Germany - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker received the 2006 Charlemagne Prize this week in recognition of his services to European peace and unity.

The citation praised Juncker as "a driving force" behind European integration, a "bridge builder between people and politicians," and "an innovative thinker for the united Europe of the future."

In his acceptance speech, the 51-year-old prime minister called on people to show greater pride in the achievements of Europe and urged senior politicians to stop "running Europe down."

Accomplishments of European unity were Germany unification, the common European currency and the EU's expansion to include the former communist states of Eastern Europe, he said.

"German unity is not a product of chance. It is the result of European policy," Juncker told a ceremony in the city of Aachen that included eight former prize-winners.

In a laudation, Germany's former chancellor Helmut Kohl praised Juncker as a committed European who never doubted the success of Europe and helped promote European enlargement.

"Your energy and commitment helped ensure the European home is growing bigger," said Kohl, who shared the prize with France's Francois Mitterand in 1988.

The award, worth 5,000 euros (6,250 dollars), is named after the eighth-century emperor Charlemagne who ruled over an empire covering much of western Europe.

It was created by the city of Aachen in 1949 for outstanding personal contributions to the cause of European understanding, communal endeavour, humanity and world peace.

Aachen served as Charlemagne's capital and is the site of his burial.

Last year's winner was Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, 85, who stepped down last week after seven years as president of Italy.

Other Charlemagne Prize recipients have included former Czech president Vaclav Havel, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US president Bill Clinton.

DPA

Subject: German News

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