The future of Europe is crucially dependent on the cooperation between France and Germany. This is all the more so in times of global crises and in the light of recurring protectionism and national ideas, which are threatening the European social model. In the future, the Franco-German relations will therefore remain of upmost importance for the whole continent.
Against this background, the Franco-German Journalism Prize stands for the dialogue between the two countries. Since 1983, it has set the goal to annually honour and reward outstanding contributions to Franco-German as well as European issues in five categories. In addition, the Grand Franco-German Media Prize is awarded to a person or organization that has made a particularly valuable contribution to the French-German and European understanding.
Seventeen years after the end of the war, one might think that the past has been reappraised. However, it is important to continue to pay close attention and preserve as well as deepen the knowledge of and understanding for the neighbouring country. The digitalization, climate change and the refugee flows are posing big challenges to both countries that can only be tackled together and on an international level. In order to achieve this, especially a clear vision on the facts, the chances and weaknesses of the Franco-German relation, in politics as well as in the economy or civil society are needed.
Thus, the Franco-German Journalism Prize supports everyone who feels committed to a transparent and critical open public. Moreover, it could be shown in the past that important impetus for practical cooperation between the media in both countries could be given. The jury, the award winners and the annual events around the award ceremony have become a major platform that promotes networking and gives everyone the opportunity to exchange ideas.
The media corporations and partners involved in the Franco-German Journalism Prize, France Télévisions, Deutschlandradio, das Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen (ZDF), Europe 1, ARTE, Deutsche Welle, Google Germany GmbH, Tageblatt, Le Républicain Lorrain, SaarLB, Deutsches Städte-Network (DSN), Radio France, Saarbrücker Zeitung, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute (GSI), Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk (DFJW), Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (DFH), Fondation Robert Schuman, the Genshagen Fondation, France Médias Monde and the Saarländischer Rundfunk as the lead agency, together constitute the biggest Franco-German consortium of this kind.