European Parliament to honor George HW Bush

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Posted: Nov 06, 2014 4:56 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will receive an award from the European Parliament next week as part of events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Bush, who was in office when the wall was toppled in 1989, will become the first American to receive the Robert Schuman Medal during a ceremony Monday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

The school says the award marks the 90-year-old former U.S. president's commitment to a secure, peaceful Europe.

The award was established in 1986, to recognize leaders who have advanced the cause of peace and human values. Other recipients have included Pope John Paul II.

The award is named after former French foreign minister and prime minister Robert Schuman, considered a founder of the European Union.