The outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has collected this Thursday the Carlos V European Award at the Yuste Monastery in recognition of his commitment to Europe, about to say goodbye to politics after sixteen years at the helm of the German government.
The King Felipe VI has presented Merkel with the award, in a ceremony that was also attended by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and from the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, among other national and international authorities.
Merkel has received from the hands of Felipe VI the XIV Carlos V European Award at the Yuste Monastery (Cáceres) in recognition of her commitment to Europe and, in her speech of thanks, she appealed to European unity. “Only a united Europe is a strong Europe”He has emphasized, warning that if “centrifugal forces” arising in some countries are not stopped, the EU “will end up having problems.”
German politics has bet on “more European sovereignty” to guarantee and strengthen the cohesion of the EU and prevent national interests from taking precedence in the short and medium term.
Fifteen years after Helmut Kohl received this award, Merkel is honored by the Fundación Academia Europea e Iberoamericana de Yuste (FAEY) for his long career “at the service of Europe, having been a firm defender of the European integration process and of the important strategic role of Europe in the international arena ”.
And the objective of this award is to recognize personalities, initiatives, institutions and projects that have stood out for their commitment to the European Union or for their contribution to the enhancement of the cultural, scientific or historical values of Europe.
The award ceremony was set on May 9, coinciding with the celebration of Europe Day, but the health crisis it has caused that the administrative deadlines for the awarding of the prize have been delayed.
The outgoing foreign minister, who recently traveled to Rome to bid farewell to Pope Francis and will remain in office until his successor takes office, will deliver a speech and later sign the guestbook.