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Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

This past week, the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding was awarded to the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel.

An evening during which Sen. Fulbright’s vision of “Turning Nations into People” was literally “heart-felt”.  In her acceptance speech, Chancellor Merkel addressed the need to foster international understanding and to seek compromise in order to solve man-made problems of our time:

“Wie Senator Fulbright bin auch ich fest davon überzeugt, dass es die Begegnungen der Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind, die die Staaten der Welt zu einer echten Staatengemeinschaft machen. So erweist sich das Fulbright-Programm nicht nur für Generationen von Stipendiaten, sondern auch für unsere zwischenstaatlichen Beziehungen als ein Segen.“

`Just like Senator Fulbright, I am profoundly convinced that through the personal encounter between citizens, the nations of the world turn into a true community of nations. This is why the Fulbright Program is a blessing, not only for generations of grantees but also for our binational relations.´