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Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Publikationen/Internet
Leiter: Hubertus Klingsbögl
Tel.: 089 1258-262 | Fax: -363
E-Mail: klingsboegl@hss.de

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Publikationen/Internet
Isabel Pantke
Tel.: 089 1258-253
E-Mail: pantke@hss.de

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Publikationen/Internet
N. N.
Tel.: 089 1258-420
E-Mail: presse@hss.de

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Publikationen/Internet
N.N.
Tel.: 089 1258-253
E-Mail: presse@hss.de

Address

Hanns Seidel Foundation
Lazarettstraße 33
80636 Munich | Germany
Tel.: +49 89 1258-0 | Fax: -356
E-mail: info@hss.de

Publications

Jahresbericht 2015
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Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung – In the Service of Democracy, Peace and Development
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The Franz Josef Strauss Award

Hans Zehetmair, Edmund Stoiber, Jean-Claude Juncker, Erwin Huber, and Theo Waigel
Speakers Theo Waigel and Horst Seehofer, award winner Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman Hans Zehetmair

On 10 December, the historic Imperial Hall at the Munich Residence played host for the eighth time to the presentation of the Franz Josef Strauss Prize, which in 2011 was awarded to former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.  In his welcome speech, former Bavarian Culture Minister and Chairman of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Hans Zehetmair referred to Mr Gorbachev as “one of the most fascinating figures in German post-war history, someone who has fundamentally changed the world for the better”.  He said that the foundation’s board had decided to award the prize to Mr Gorbachev in recognition of his outstanding services to world peace and reunification. 

The 10,000-euro prize is awarded in memory of the lifetime of political work carried out by former Bavarian Prime Minister and long-time Chairman of the CSU, Franz Josef Strauss. It is presented to outstanding figures from the worlds of politics, business, society, science, art and culture who have made a special contribution to peace, freedom and international relations.   

Previous winners of the prize include former German President Roman Herzog, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, former US President George Bush senior and Henry Kissinger. Bavarian Television and Radio B 5 broadcast the two-hour event live. CSU Chairman and Prime Minister of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, delivered the keynote speech and the Honorary Chairman of the CSU, former federal minister Theo Waigel, gave the speech in Mr Gorbachov’s honour.

The speeches given at the award ceremony can be downloaded (in German) at: www.hss.de/stiftung/preisverleihungen/franz-josefstrauss.html .

Extract from the text of the official speech:
“With this award, the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung would like to recognise an outstanding statesman of the twentieth century, who has rendered great service to Germany, to Europe and to worldwide peace by resolving the East-West conflict, by expressly recognising the right of peoples to self-determination and by paving the way to reunification.”

The previous holders of the Franz Josef Strauss award are:

  • 2011: Mikhail Gorbachev, former Russian President
  • 2008: Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxemburg
  • 2005: Dr. Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor
  • 2003: Roman Herzog, former German Federal President
  • 2001: Viktor Orbán, former Hungarian Prime Minister
  • 1999: George Bush, 41st President of the United States of America
  • 1998: José Maria Aznar, Spanish Prime Minister
  • 1996: Henry A. Kissinger, former American Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1973