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Charlemagne - father of Europe

Charlemagne, ruler of the first European empire, is often referred to as the "father of Europe". He gave his name to what is now one of the most important European awards, namely the "International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen", which has been awarded since 1950 to outstanding personalities who have made a contribution to the unification of Europe.

The Charlemagne Prize aims to build a bridge between the past and the future: from the laying of the foundation stone in the early Middle Ages by Charlemagne to the development of modern Europe.

Aachen has a historical role to play: As the former imperial city of Charlemagne, it is something like the “capital of occidental culture”.

The idea of ​​the Charlemagne Prize was born after the shock of World War II in 1949. In order to advance the Western European reconciliation efforts, the award is intended to honor services to European dialogue, world peace and humanity.



  1. Explain why after 1200 years Charlemagne still has meaning for Europe.
  2. Find out who was the last winner of the Charlemagne Prize and why he was awarded it.
  3. Find out when Angela Merkel was awarded the Charlemagne Prize and why.

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