It’s turning into quite a year for the Middle East peacemaker. First he was knighted by the Queen of England, then nominated for a Nobel Prize. Now the German opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) have announced him as the first winner of their Willy Brandt Award.
It’s only 25 grand but the symbolism is huge. Brandt was Berlin’s Mayor when the Wall went up and Germany’s Chancellor in the Cold War 1970s. He lived until 1992, just long enough to see peace break out and the country unified. Let’s hope Barenboim achieves the same. photo: DB receiving knighthood in June from the UK ambassador in Berlin