Timothy Garton Ash wins the Charlemagne Prize

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash wins the Charlemagne Prize

23 January 2017

Timothy Garton Ash has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for 2017. Awarded from the town of Aachen, North-Western Germany, the prize has recognised special contributions to European unity since 1950.

The prize organizers described Professor Garton Ash as "an extraordinary British academic, who has commented on and accompanied the journey of the European Union with passion and precision, providing the community with thoughtful depth".

It singled the historian out for his engagement and commitment to a unified Europe, and his call to press forward towards an EU with "practical construction that is strong enough to weather the storm”

Professor Garton Ash is the 59th winner of the prize, which is named after the Emperor Charlemagne in recognition of his uniting large swathes of Europe during the Early Middle Ages. Pope Francis was last year‘s recipient.