António Guterres receives this year the Charlemagne prize for his merits for the European values. The UN Secretary-General, was an outstanding advocate for the European model of society in a time of universal rights and democratic principles is increasingly under pressure, the Charlemagne prize Board of Directors.

Especially Guterres’ merits with a view to multilateral cooperation in the world community are to be awarded. The former Portuguese Prime Minister was to implement in the complex global world on the basis of European values, especially peace, freedom and democracy.

Guterres is the Charlemagne prize on April 30. In may, the ascension day in the historic coronation hall of Aachen’s town hall. The Portuguese since the beginning of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General. The Charlemagne prize Board of Directors, stressed, with Guterres, a European carrier for the first time in more than 30 years, significant responsibility for the work of the United Nations.

Macrons successor

Guterres is the 61. Winner of the International Charlemagne prize. In the past year, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron accepted the award in Aachen, Germany. The Charlemagne prize is one of the most important awards in Europe. It is awarded since 1950 to individuals and institutions that were earned in a leading Position to European integration.

among the most prominent price in Spain years of king Juan Carlos (1982), the former US President Bill Clinton (2000) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU, 2008). The then Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) received the award in 1988, together with France’s former President François Mitterrand. In 2004, the then-Pope John Paul received II. an extraordinary Charlemagne prize, awarded in Rome.

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