(SBN) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the world spotlight this week as tens of thousands gathered in Berlin to listen to listen as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed democracy and global responsibility. The gathering took place at a Protestant conference as the country marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
German Protestant Church members and visitors from all over the world crowded a square in front of the German capital’s iconic Brandenburg Gate landmark Thursday amid high security following the deadly attack in Manchester.
The former U.S. also traveled to Baden Baden, Germany where he was awarded the German Media Prize. The German Media Prize was founded in 1992 by the Media Control research center as an award that cuts across all political interests and media.
During his acceptance speech the former U.S. leader said civility must rule around the world.
“I believe that the future does not favor the strongman. I believe deeply that international order– based not just on military power or national affiliations, but on principles like rule and human rights and individual freedoms, and compassion and empathy and personal responsibility and thinking about future generations –that’s our only choice.”
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warns “these are times of great promise but also of great peril” as he wins the 2016 German Media Prize.
According to the German Media Prize website, the award-winner is chosen by a jury consisting of chief editors of leading German newspapers and magazines. The list of nominees for the survey is compiled by the unbiased Media Control research center together with an advisory group.
On January 28, 1999, the German Media Prize was awarded to Nelson Mandela in Baden-Baden because, according to the jury, he had taken “a firm stand against oppression and in favor of equal rights for people with different skin colors.”