M. Robert Schuman, president of the Assembly of the Council of Europe, today received the?
M. Robert Schuman, president of the Assembly of the Council of Europe, today received the Charlemagne prize of the city of Aachen which is awarded annually to "personages of merit who, have promoted the idea of western unity by their political, economic and literary endeavours." Among others who have received the GBP416 prize since it was instituted in 1950 are Sir Winston Churchill, Dr. Adenauer, and M. Spaak.
More than 1,000 guests from west Germany and abroad attended today's ceremony in the ancient chamber where the kings of Germany feasted after their coronation in the cathedral. During the singing of the twelfth century hymn Urbs Aquenxis Urbs Regalis, the chief burgomaster of Aachen, Herr Heusch, hung the silver and gold medal around M. Schuman's neck.
The bound parchment citation referred to M. Schuman's "distinguished services in laying the first practical foundations of the European federation in the political and economic spheres of a common future for Germany and France."
M. Schuman delivered his address of thanks partly in German and partly in French. He said that as a French European he felt deeply how intolerable was the division of Germany. Good relations between France and Germany were the best guarantee for the future.