Charlemagne Prize 2020

The European Union today is divided and polarised on many fundamental issues while – in view of the enormous global challenges we face – what we really need right now is consensus, mutual respect and reconciliation. In the eastern part of the Union, one man in particular stands out as embodying our shared European values, our commitment to upholding the European rule of law and our shared vision of a European future: the recipient of the Charlemagne Prize 2020, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis.

Step by step, he has guided a country – one that succeeded in overthrowing a brutal dictatorship and yet, after the revolution in 1989, still had to deal with disappointments in terms of its expectations of the West – on its way towards becoming the most European country in South Eastern Europe.