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Bono Named 'European of the Year'

Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, has been named “European of the Year” for his campaign for debt relief in developing nations, in a poll conducted by the weekly European Voice.

Danish film director Lars von Trier was named “Visionary of the Year.”

Ten winners were selected by European Voice readers from a list of 50 nominees compiled by journalists and opinion leaders from across the 15 European Union nations. The announcement was made earlier this month.

Each winner received $4,458 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. Bono, 41, said his prize would go to the Irish charity Concern, according to U2’s Web site.

“A more prosperous world is a more secure world, a more educated world is a more tolerant world and a healthier world is a more stable world,” Bono was quoted on the Web site.