Pax Europa

By DeusExMacintosh

EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Price

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe.

The committee said the EU had helped to transform Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states.

The last organisation to be given the award outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won in 1999.

Announcing the award, Nobel committee president Thorbjoern Jagland acknowledged the EU’s current financial problems and social unrest. But he said the committee wanted to concentrate on the body’s work over six decades of advancing “peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights”.

Mr Jagland highlighted the EU’s work in sealing the reconciliation between France and Germany in the decades after World War II. And he praised the organisation for incorporating Spain, Portugal and Greece after their authoritarian regimes collapsed in the 1970s.

The EU’s reconciliation work had now moved to Balkan countries, pointing out that Croatia is on the verge of membership.

BBC News

15 Comments

  1. stackja
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    USA went into debt to save Europe from Stalin.

  2. kvd
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    President Obama was effusive.

  3. James Tomson
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    European Elites And Debt Crisis
    http://www.coolissues.com/government/europeanelites.html

  4. TerjeP
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    People put shoes on wires because they can.

  5. kvd
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    A Pauper Ox; Area Pox Up.

  6. Posted October 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    A wee reminder to like DEM’s facebook page (since, once again, this cartoon has proven popular on both FB and the blog) – she can’t invite people to ‘join’ until she gets 30 ‘likes’:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/DeusExMacintosh/103606729793263

  7. Tim Quilty
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    And next year – the USSR wins – awarded posthumously.

    (I stole that comment from someone on the Cat…)

  8. Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    the thing is, it would be pretty hard these days, looking around the world to find a decent nominee …

    let’s face it … the UN security council would have been a worse award.

    i suppose the financial sharks who caused the GFC and avoided responsibility, decreasing funds nation states have for military adventures could be candidates.

    Perhaps the most significant /successful/ peace promoting act in the last year would be the level of Billy Smith stopping the punch up involving 5 other kids in his grade 3 class, but there will be some rule of the Nobel prize preventing awards to people who haven’t reached puberty yet.

  9. Posted October 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Given the track record of the Peace Prize, can collapse and war be far behind?

  10. Posted October 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] Or Vietnam …

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