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The EU worthy of the Peace Nobel Prize

The 10th of December, the EU obtained its Peace Nobel Prize in Oslo. Norway, the country that has not joined the EU, received Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, president of Commission et Martin Schultz, president of European Parliament. 

In a stalemate situation with its budget and in deep economic crisis, the European Union received its Peace Nobel Price last week. This Nobel committee’s decision has not been saved from criticism. And one question remains: Is the EU worthy of its’ Nobel price?

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The 10th of December, the EU obtained its Peace Nobel Prize in Oslo. Norway, the country that has not joined the EU, received Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, president of Commission et Martin Schultz, president of European Parliament. 

In a stalemate situation with its budget and in deep economic crisis, the European Union received its Peace Nobel Price last week. This Nobel committee’s decision has not been saved from criticism. And one question remains: Is the EU worthy of its’ Nobel price?

The response of the committee is straightforward: The EU is rewarded “for its’ transformation from being the War Continent to become the Continent of Peace, for its’ six decades of Peace, for the reconciliation between the people, for the democracy and the human rights.”  

Criticized or welcomed, the Nobel price was received by the three European leaders, Van Rompuy from EU Council, Barroso from the Commission and Schultz from the EU Parliament,   who were accompanied by Ana Vicente (12 years, Spain), Elena Garbujo (16 years, Italy), Ilona Zielkowska (21 years, Poland), et Larkin Zahra (23 years, Malta) laureates in an online competition of drawing and writing, organized on the theme "What does peace mean for you in Europe?"

The EU will use the Nobel Prize reward (2 million euro) to humanitarian projects for children victims of wars and conflicts.

Divided Opinions

For José Manuel Barroso this price is the proof that it is necessary to cherish the European Union for well-being of the Europeans, and for the good of our planet. According to him, "the prize awarded by the Nobel Committee shows that in these difficult times, the European Union remains a force inspiring nations and peoples around the world, and that our global community needs a strong European Union ".

Furthermore, Mr. Hollande said that "this prize of courage, audacity, solidarity" gives European leaders “responsibility, and not only pride.”

For the journalist, writer and Conservative MEP for South East England Daniel Hannan "The tone of self-satisfaction of European officials receiving the award was rude, arrogant and dangerousRude because it is a terrible insult for the Europeans - especially the Germans- who are often pointed out - suggesting that they should be saved from themselves. The fact that this argument often comes from the mouth of Eurocrats and German politicians, did not make it any less serious. Arrogant as the prize was not given for the electors who have supported a multiparty democracy since 1945, but for the elected oligarchy. And dangerous because it reinforces the idea of "the end justifies the means" within the EU : waste, corruption, suppression of referendum results - all this would be a very cheap price to pay if the only alternative was to shoot each others on the Western front. "

For some people the argument of the Norwegian president of the Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland was not convincing. According to those, the EU does not deserve this prize with regard to the misery that it has caused for the peoples of the African continent.

A bit of history

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was an excellent businessman and his inventions have enabled him to make a fortune. Dynamite is his most famous invention.

He decided to put his fortune into service of science, literature and peace. As a result, he wrote in his will that he wanted his assets to be used each year to reward those "who have made the greatest benefit on mankind" in their inventions, discoveries and improvements in different areas of knowledge in five disciplines: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Daria Kurdyukova, Welcomeurope

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