The European of the Year is awarded to the person who “has helped to foster cooperation among the peoples of Europe in order to strengthen peace and freedom, cultural understanding and social cohesion.”
In 2015, Alexandra was appointed the European of the Year because of her work as an author, presenter and journalist.
With her broad experience from several European cultures, Alexandra has always emphasized the importance of human equality, regardless of place of birth. Her motto is: “a multicultural Europe is an asset, not a threat.”
“Alexandra Pascalidou has with dedication broadened our perspective of Europe. In her books, chronicles and programs she has described Europe and the daily life of Europeans in a way that affects many Swedes. With her strong pathos Alexandra Pascalidou emphasizes that a Europe where all people have equal value, is an asset and something worth fighting for.”
About receiving the award, Alexandra herself says: “It’s an honour to be appointed European of the Year. It’s an even greater honour to receive the award this year on the very day when peace was won and the darkness surrendered.”
The award ceremony, lead by Thomas Hammarberg, former European Council Commissioner for Human Rights, took place at the Cultural House in Stockholm on May 7.”