The Washington-based Fulbright Association has said its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
he organization said Tuesday it had decided to award the prestigious prize to Merkel “for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual understanding, international cooperation and peace.”
Merkel has been Germany’s leader since 2005. In her most controversial decision, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.
She was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2015 and earlier this month Harvard University announced she would be its commencement speaker next year. In October, Merkel announced she would retire from politics by 2021. She will be given the Fulbright award at a ceremony in Berlin on January 28, AP said.