Are Europeans on the same page when it comes to culture and values? The European Book Prize is awarded each year to help promote European values and contribute to a better understanding of European culture. This year's winners received their prize at an award ceremony at the European Parliament on 4 December. The 7th edition was opened by EP president Martin Schulz.
This year's winners
The jury, composed of journalists from different European countries and presided by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, awarded the 2013 European Book Prize 2013 in the essay category to Arnaud Leparmentier for his book "Ces Français, fossoyeurs de l’euro" and in the novel category to Eduardo Mendoza for his book "An Englishman in Madrid".
Mr Leparmentier is a French journalist working at Le Monde and a specialist on European issues. His essay "Ces Français, fossoyeurs de l’euro" deals with the euro crisis and France’s role in it.
Mr Mendoza, a renowned Spanish novelist, was awarded the prize for "An Englishman in Madrid", which has as its background the political situation in Spain before the civil war erupted there in the 1930s.
About the prize
The European Book Prize, organised by the Paris-based association Esprit d’Europe, has been awarded every year since 2007. It seeks to promote European values and to contribute to Europeans' better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity. Every year the prize is awarded to two contemporary authors based in one of the EU countries.
The sponsorship committee, led by its president Pascal Lamy and honorary president and former president of the European Commission Jacques Delors, compiles a shortlist of about 10 novels and essays and afterwards the jury selects one winner in each category.