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Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2020: President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to give speech honouring Amartya Sen

German Federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver the official speech honouring this year's recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, Amartya Sen.
Erstellt am 11.08.2020


The Börsenverein is delighted to announce that German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver the official speech honouring Amartya Sen, this year’s recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The award ceremony will take place in the context of the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 10:45 am at the Church of St. Paul in Frankfurt. The event will also be broadcast live on German television (ARD).

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was born in Detmold in 1956 and has served as the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany since March 2017. He received his doctorate in public law and political science in 1991 and was named head of the Federal Chancellery in 1999. From 2005 to 2009, he held the office of Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and, starting in 2007, was also Vice-Chancellor of Germany. Two years after that, he was voted into the Bundestag via direct mandate and elected chairman of the SPD parliamentary group. From 2013, he acted once again as Foreign Affairs Minister until his election to the office of Federal President in 2017.

Throughout his career, Steinmeier has continually fostered a robust dialogue between politics and culture. For example, as a long-time passionate reader, he has remained very much connected to literature and the arts in his role as German president. His key overall concerns include securing liberal democracy, fortifying democratic and social cohesion and strengthening international cooperation. In his role as Federal President, he is also the patron of the “Vorlesewettbewerb des Deutschen Buchhandels”, the nationwide reading competition for young people launched by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

Steinmeier has received several awards for his work to date, including the Ignatz Bubis Prize, the European Prize for Political Culture and the Willy Brandt Prize.

This year’s Peace Prize award ceremony will be held in accordance with the Covid-19 health regulations in place at the time. This means that the space available for guests and members of the press will be severely limited.

For additional information, please visit www.friedenspreis-des-deutschen-buchhandels.de/en/.

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To download a photo of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, please visit www.bundespraesident.de.

Journalists with queries relating to Covid-19-era coverage of the Peace Prize are invited to get in touch with the media contacts listed below.
 

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