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Aachen, Germany
as of April 22, 2000


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Foundation of the Directorate of the Association for the Granting of the International Charlemagne Award of Aachen to the President of the United States of AmericanWilliam Jefferson Clinton

The completion and the consolidation of the extended European Union, the maintenance of peace and security, as well as a peaceful and constructive part in world politics are based on the community of Europe and the United States of America.

After the United States of American intervened to determine the outcome of the two great world conflicts in the first half of the twentieth century, it built a foundation for reconstruction and the increase of democracy in Europe. After the appearance of the East-West conflict, war-torn Germany and the countries of western Europe who had been victims of National Socialist aggression turned from needy welfare recipients into capable partners in cooperation for security politics. The NATO treaty of 1949 formalized this expectation and, at the same time, honored it with a promise of assistance from the USA.

It was the goal of the United States of American to re-establish the self-confidence of the Europeans in their own political future and in their own power. In the last century, George Marshall (Charlemagne Award Winner 1959) became a symbolic figure for the values deserved well of the United States in Europe. The USA supported western Europe in the process of political, military and economic unification, in particularly in the founding of the European economic community. Western Europe became economically significant and mutually decisive in world politics.

American consistently supported Germany in the reunification, mainly through work in political conviction in regards to the Soviet Union and the other world powers as well as through the guarantee that Germany would respect the boundaries in Europe and would promote the integration of the security treaty. America contributed decisively so the so-called "Two plus Four" negotiations could be wrapped up between the two separate German states of the time and the four former victor and occupation forces of the Second World War.

The roots and the power of the close association between Europe and the USA lie in the agreement in the convictions of human dignity, freedom, justice and open democratic society. The example given by America and Europe spurs people in many parts of the world to implement their own culture and form of life into a common being with democracy and freedom.

The International Charlemagne Award at Aachen will be awarded in the year 2000 to American President Bill Clinton for his special personal merits in the cooperation with the European states, for maintaining peace, freedom, democracy and human rights in Europe as well as for his support in the expansion of the European Union.

Additionally, President Bill Clinton will be commended for his courageous intervention - also while military were deployed, for keeping to the rules and ethical standards as well as his mastery of justice. Bosnia- Herzegovina and Kosovo visibly demonstrated that the European Union is not sufficiently capable of dealing collectively, in any case, not with American participation. He has done just as much for the reconciliation between Greece and Turkey has he has for an enduring future solution to the Cypress and North Ireland conflicts.

The outlook for a final peace treaty in the Near East, for which he has done so much all these years, is Clinton's personal gain.

The Award is also a thank you from the Europeans, the German people in particular, to the American people for the construction of democracy, freedom and prosperity after 1945, for partnership in NATO, for the help in forming the European Union, for a stable Mediterranean Sea politic, for the consistent support in the reunification process and regarding the settlement of martial conflicts between European peoples, cultures and religious congregations.

The International Charlemagne Award of the year 2000 also honors the positive pro-European involvement of several American presidents, secretaries of state and politicians.

Bill Clinton has demonstrated partnership in Europe.

After the fall of the Wall, he contributed to a still wavering, endangered Russia with his politics to stabilize the local interior political situation to some degree. By doing that, he helped to avoid potential disputes not only between the peoples of the former Soviet Union, but also between Russia and it neighboring European states.

Americans and Europeans today, in an alliance of free people, bear special responsibility for a new world order. Winston Churchill, (Charlemagne Award winner 1955) once said, An award of this size is called responsibility." We know how great the burden of responsibility is that the USA bears together in Europe.

Bill Clinton was born August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. He was Secretary of Justice of Arkansas, later governor. On January 20, 1993, he took office as the 42nd President of the United States of America. His indisputable success in foreign and economic politics, and also his social and interior politics, contributed to his being re-elected for a second term of office as President of the United States in 1997.

Bill Clinton has been married with Hillary, nee Rodham, since 1975. The couple has one daughter, Chelsea.

The Directorate for the Bestowal of the International Charlemagne Award in Aachen, in honoring the President of the United States of America, intends to honor an award winner who has proven himself in difficult and volatile political times as a guarantor of American-European community values. In that he is representative of the American people as a whole.

The impressive history of the United States of America's responsibility in world politics in the 20th century also gives reason to hope for a corresponding dynamic in the beginning 21st century.

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