The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The prize is named for Charlemagne, the Frankish king revered by his contemporaries as the ‘Father of Europe’.
The Charlemagne Prize honors exceptional work performed in the service of European unity. According to its bylaws, it is given to public figures or bodies ‘distinguished by their outstanding work toward European unity or cooperation between its states.’ The contribution, as Kurt Pfeiffer (one of the founders of the award) emphasized, can be ‘made in the areas of literature, science, economics or politics.’
Among the famous persons who received the Prize are: Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Pope Francis and – since 2018 – Emmanuel Macron.
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