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2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize for Luxembourg!

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Veröffentlicht am Mittwoch, den 13. Mai 2015

@RealTime WW1, a Twitter project from Luxembourg, was awarded first prize at the 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 12 May 2015. Second prize went to the Fronterras-European (border) line project (France) and third prize jointly to Social Soccer Club (Austria), Entrepreneurship, the Solution against Unemployment (Cyprus) and Infoactualidad (Spain).

This annual prize goes to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.

The first prize was awarded by EP President Martin Schulz, the second by former EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering and the third prizes by Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philip, EP Quaestor Elisabeth Morin Chartier and Jürgen Linden, Chairman of the Charlemagne Prize Board of Directors.

1st prize: Luxembourg - @RealTime WW1

@RealTime WW1 is a project by students on the Master's course for European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg.

Since the start of 2014, they have been recounting life during the First World War in just a few lines on the Twitter account @RealTimeWW1; as they say "not as a history of winners and losers – but as a time when, regardless of their nationality, many mothers suffered the same anguish over sons lying in military hospitals. A time when men on all fronts wrote similar love letters without knowing whether they would ever see their beloved again. A time when soldiers in trenches sang the same Christmas carols and prayed the same Lordʼs Prayer – just in different languages."

The students break down the grand narrative of the First World War into small personal narratives, making “the war to end all wars” understandable today and using a handful of phrases each day to open up a new viewpoint on today's political and social priorities – through the eyes of the soldiers, nurses, school pupils, artists, farmers and activists who all equally hoped that the war would soon be over for them. @RealTime WW1 now has over 8,700 readers.

Prizes for winning projects

The winning projects will receive funding of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively. Their representatives will also be invited to visit the European Parliament in Brussels in the coming months. Representatives of the 28 projects which took part were invited to the award ceremony on 12 May in Aachen and were awarded a diploma and a medal.

The award ceremony was organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation. It was hosted by Aachen University. Welcome speeches were given by EP President Martin Schulz, International Charlemagne Prize Foundation Vice Chairman Bettina Leysen and Rector of Aachen University Ernst Schmachtenberg.

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See our previous article on this project: Students bring the First World War back to life on Twitter.

Source: Press release by the Prix Charlemagne de la jeunesse européenne.


Photo: © European Union 2015 - EP