Merkel named winner of Charlemagne Prize
14 November 2007, Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Tuesday named winner of the 2008 Charlemagne Prize, one of the country's most prestigious public service awards.
14 November 2007
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Tuesday named winner of the 2008 Charlemagne Prize, one of the country's most prestigious public service awards.
Merkel was honoured for her efforts to pull the European Union out of a crisis and make it more effective, said the society which presents the annual award in the west German city of Aachen.
The citation praised the chancellor for her stewardship of the 27-nation bloc during the first six months of 2007 when Germany held the EU presidency.
Last year the European Union was in crisis, the prize committee said.
"The path to a new start for the union is decisively linked to the firm as well as circumspect integration-oriented policies of the German chancellor," it added.
The Charlemagne Prize was created in 1949 to honour service to European unity. It is named after the eighth-century emperor Charlemagne who ruled over an empire covering much of Western Europe.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana received the 2007 award. Previous winners have been former Czech president Vaclav Havel, former British prime minister Tony Blair and former US president Bill Clinton.
The prize is set to be presented officially in the spring of 2008 in the city of Aachen.
Subject: German news