Chancellor Angela Merkel Wins Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award
Angela Merkel has won the international “Four Freedoms Award” in 2016 for her moral leadership of Germany and Europe during the refugee crisis, among other things.
Last month, TIME Magazine named Ms. Merkel as its 2015 “Person of the year” for her role in effectively managing Europe’s debt and refugee crises.
The Roosevelt Foundation in Middelburg, the Netherlands, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York present the annual Four Freedoms Award which is named after the four freedoms President Franklin D. Roosevelt named in a speech in 1941 and which all people should enjoy. They are freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Hans Polman, chairman of the Roosevelt Foundation, announced the decision Wednesday. Ms. Merkel will receive the award on April 21 in Middelburg.
The jury praised Ms. Merkel for her great moral leadership in Germany against the anti-Islam movement Pegida and also noted that she had played a decisive role in overcoming the financial crisis.
Winners of the prize have included former presidents of the United States John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, along with the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in the past.
The award is presented on alternate years in New York and Middelburg, the Netherlands, where Mr. Roosevelt’s ancestors are from.
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