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European Parliament President Martin Schulz is honored by the European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) for his commitment to fighting hatred and nationalism.
"Political courage and moral leadership are vital to our societies during these times", said the President of ECTR and the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Moshe Kantor, on Wednesday in Brussels.
Schulz had taken an "uncompromising position against xenophobia, intolerance and political extremism in Europe" during his political career, according to Kantor.
The President of the Parliament will be awarded the prize with Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky.
Schulz will resign his post on 16 January. The prize will be handed over in January.
Since 2010, the European Medal of Tolerance has honoured people and organisations that are particularly committed to democracy, respect and tolerance in Europe. Among the prize-winners is the Spanish King, Juan Carlos I (2010).
Since 2008, the non-governmental organisation ECTR has observed developments on tolerance in Europe. The Chairman is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.Thursday, January 05, 2017