Eric Gujer receives Ludwig Börne Prize 2022

Since 1993, the Ludwig Börne Prize has been awarded to German-language authors who have achieved excellence in the fields of essay, criticism and reportage. In 2022, NZZ Editor-in-Chief Eric Gujer will be honored with the award. The Dutch writer Leon de Winter will act as the prize judge.

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Eric Gujer, Editor-in-Chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Photo: Karin Hofer)

"Eric Gujer is a high-profile political publicist who courageously expresses even unpopular and unconventional opinions in his essays and commentaries. He advocates critical, independent thinking, tolerance and individual freedom - with a clear liberal point of view," writes Leon de Winter in his citation. "The joy of creative use of language and journalistic exaggeration is always apparent, which contributes to the differentiated nature of his analyses and invites debate."

Since March 2015, Eric Gujer has been Editor-in-Chief of the New Zurich Newspaper and member of the management of the NZZ. He studied history, political science and Slavic studies at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau and Cologne.

Gujer has worked for nearly three decades for the New Zurich Newspaper active. He began as an intern and freelancer in 1986 before becoming a correspondent for the GDR based in Berlin. Stations in Zurich, Jerusalem, Moscow and again Berlin followed. From July 2013, he headed the foreign desk.

The Ludwig Börne Prize will be presented at a ceremony in Frankfurt's Paulskirche on May 22, 2022, and carries a prize money of 20,000 euros. It commemorates the writer and journalist Ludwig Börne, who is considered one of the inventors of the political feuilleton because of his sharp-tongued prose. Previous winners have included former NZZ feuilleton head Martin Meyer, Rüdiger Safranski, Souad Mekhennet, Eva Menasse and, last year, Christoph Ransmayr.

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