This month, the coronation hall of the Aachen town hall opened its doors and welcomed numerous guests from politics and society, such as the German politician Annalena Baerbock. The Charlemagne Prize, which has been awarded since the 1950s, went to the civil rights activists Maria Kelsnikava, Svetlana Tichanowskaja and Veronica Tsepkalo this year to, who are particularly committed to Europe. In the justification for the award ceremony it was explained that the three women stood up to the dictator of Belarus at the risk of their personal freedom and integrity. Maria Kalesnikava is in prison because of her fight against dictator Lukashenko. Her sister accepted the award on her behalf. “Your courage cannot be locked away,” said Baerbock. Lambertz sole owner Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker was also there in his hometown of Aachen and supported the event as a sponsor.