Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Walter Scheel 1977
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1977 Walter Scheel
Born on 8th July 1919 in Solingen.
Apprenticeship as a banker; from 1939 to 1945 military service.
From 1945 to 1953 he was manager at several companies, afterwards worked as an independent management consultant.
From 1950 to 1953 he was a Member of the North Rhine Westphalia Regional Parliament for the FDP. From 1953 to 1974 he was a Member of the German Federal Parliament and also its Vice President from 1967 to 1969; in addition from 1955 to 1957 he was a Member of the Joint Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community and from 1958 to 1961 Member of the European Parliament.
In 1961 he was appointed Minister for Economic Cooperation, an office which he held until 1966. In 1968 he was elected Chairman of the FDP; from 1969 to 1974 he held the office of Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor. Afterwards he was elected Federal President of West Germany for 5 years (until 1979). During his political work of many years he campaigned for the consolidation of the European integration process.
Died on 24th August 2016.
Laudation (extract) by Joseph M. A. H. Luns
Speech (extract) by Walter Scheel
Photo Walter Scheel