Merkel receives the European Civil Rights Prize
For years, the Federal Chancellor has been campaigning for the interests of the Sinti and Roma. She passes on the prize money immediately.
Mannheim, Germany (dpa) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, saying she saw the prize as a call to continue to work for the interests of the minorities. Continuing discrimination and prejudice against these communities in Germany was a disgrace, Merkel said. "We may not look away from it."
"The chancellor has worked for the interests of the minority and stands as few others for an open and democratic state committed to the rule of law," Romani Rose, the head of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma said. Merkel is donating half the prize, worth 15,000 euros (18,000 dollars), to a Dortmund organization engaged in supporting the communities. It also works on projects in Bulgaria. The other half is to go to the international Roma youth organization Ternype.