Born on August 19, 1946, in Hope / Arkansas (USA).
Studied international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (until 1968), then studied at Oxford (1968-1970) and then studied law at the Law School of Yale University (until 1973).
From 1973 to 1976 teaching position at the University of Arkansas School of Law. 1976 election as Attorney General of his home state Arkansas, where he took over the office of governor in 1978. From 1981 to 1983 he worked in a law firm. In 1983 he was re-elected governor of the state of Arkansas; he held this office until 1993. In 1993, he became American President.
The completion and consolidation of the enlarged European Union, the preservation of peace and security, as well as peaceful and constructive participation in world politics are based on the community of Europe and the United States of America.
After the United States of America had intervened twice in the two great world conflicts in the first half of the 20th century, it formed a foundation for the reconstruction and deepening of democracy in Europe. After the East-West conflict arose, the countries of Western Europe that were victims of National Socialist aggression and war-torn Germany changed from being needy recipients of aid to partners capable of cooperating in security policy. The NATO treaty of 1949 formalized this expectation and at the same time-honoured it with a pledge of support by the USA The aim of the United States of America was to re-establish the self-confidence of Europeans in their own strength, in their own political future. George Marshall (Charlemagne Prize winner 1959) became a symbol of the values that the United States has achieved in Europe in the last century. The USA supported Western Europe in the processes of political, military and economic unification, especially in the establishment of the European Economic Community. Western Europe became economically important and co-decisive in global politics.
America gave Germany lasting support in reunification, above all through political persuasion work against the Soviet Union and the other world powers and through the guarantee that Germany would respect the borders in Europe and promote the security treaties interactively. America made a decisive contribution to ensuring that the so-called "two-plus-four" negotiations between the two German states at the time and the four former victor and occupying powers of the Second World War could be carried out quickly.
The roots and strength of the close ties between Europe and the USA lie in the consensus of convictions of human dignity, freedom, justice and an open democratic society. In many parts of the world, the example given by America and Europe spurs people on to realize their own culture and way of life in a community of democracy and freedom.
The International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen is awarded to the American President Bill Clinton in 2000 for his special personal merits in cooperation with European states, for the preservation of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights in Europe and for his support in the Enlargement of the European Union.
In addition, President Bill Clinton is honored for his courageous intervention - also using military means - to maintain rules and ethical norms as well as the rule of law. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo clearly demonstrate that the European Union is not sufficiently capable of acting as a collective, at least not without American participation. He has done just as much for the reconciliation between Greece and Turkey as he has done for a permanent future solution to the Cyprus and Northern Ireland conflicts.
The prospect of a final peace treaty in the Middle East, for which he has done so much over the years, is due to Clinton's personal achievement.
The prize is also thanks to the Europeans, especially the German people, to the American people for building democracy, freedom and prosperity after 1945, for the partnership in NATO, for helping to shape the European Union, for a stable one Mediterranean policy, for the sustained support in the process of reunification and in relation to the pacification of armed conflicts between European peoples, cultures and religious communities.
The International Charlemagne Prize of 2000 also honours the positive pro-European commitment of some American presidents, foreign ministers and politicians.
Bill Clinton demonstrated partnership in Europe. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he contributed to stabilizing the domestic political situation there to some extent through his policy with a still fluctuating, endangered Russia. In doing so, he helped to avoid possible clashes between the peoples of the former Soviet Union, but also between the Russians and neighbouring European states.
Americans and Europeans today have a special responsibility for a new world order in an alliance of free peoples. Winston Churchill (Charlemagne Prize winner 1955) once said: "The price of greatness is responsibility." We know how great the burden of responsibility the United States bears in Europe.
Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He was Arkansas Attorney General and later Governor. On January 20, 1993, he was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States of America. His undeniable successes in foreign and economic policy, but also his domestic and social policy, contributed to his being confirmed for the second term as President of the United States of America in January 1997.
Bill Clinton has been married to Hillary, nee Rodham, since 1975. The couple has one daughter, Chelsea.
The board of directors for the award of the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen wants to honour the President of the United States of America, a prize winner who has proven to be a guarantor of the American-European community of values in difficult and changeful political times. He is representative of the entire American people.
The impressive history of global political responsibility of the United States of America in the 20th century also justifies the hope for a corresponding dynamic for the beginning of the 21st century.
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