FORMER German chancellor, Angela Merkel would be awarded the North Rhine Westphalian State Prize at a ceremony in Cologne on Tuesday.
The President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, would give the laudatory speech.
The State Prize, founded in 1986, was the highest award of the state of North Rhine Westphalia.
Previous winners include the racing driver Michael Schumacher and women’s rights activist Alice Schwarzer.
State Premier Hendrik Wüst said that Merkel had successfully steered Germany through many crises during her 16 years in power.
He also cited “her extraordinary humanitarian achievements and her outstanding services to Germany’s standing in the world’’.
In April, Merkel was awarded the highest possible level of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. (dpa/NAN)
T.STags: Angela Merkel German Chancellor North Rhine Westphalian State Prize