On Monday, Jan. 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel followed in the footsteps of luminaries such as Nelson Mandela when she received the prestigious J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. The ceremony was held in Berlin, marking the first time in the award’s history that the ceremony was held outside of the United States.
Merkel, who was introduced by journalist Christiane Amanpour as a “steadfast warrior,” spoke of the threats of rising nationalism and populism, against a backdrop where fewer people remain who witnessed the “unfathomable crimes committed by Germans during the time of National Socialism.” In addition, she spoke of strengthening the EU and the politics of compromise.
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