The European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in the middle of its worst economic crisis. This distinction “rewards the EU’s contribution for over six decades to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights”, not its economy, it seems. In any case is awkward the moment chosen by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to pick the EU as the awarded of this dark year for the institution. Maybe a good moment to remind the EU that there is something more than economic interests in its existence purpose and history, just now when it seems that everything is crisis, and crisis and nothing but crisis with a bad news after bad news in an agony path, above all for countries like Spain this days, to don’t speak about Greece were the prize provoked anger. But its a strange thing that such a reminder came from a Country who refuses to take part of the Union like Norway, just because of the economic part of it. A surprise. A big surprise. Strange, very strange.
“It is a tremendous honour for the European Union to be awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. This Prize is the strongest possible recognition of the deep political motives behind our Union: the unique effort by ever more European states to overcome war and divisions and to jointly shape a continent of peace and prosperity. It is a Prize not just for the project and the institutions embodying a common interest, but for the 500 million citizens living in our Union”, said the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission in a joint statement.
Pointing towards the future, the two Presidents expressed the European Union’s commitment to continue “to promote peace and security in the countries close to us and in the world at large”.
The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee singled out the “EU’s contribution for over six decades to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”
It valued the stabilising part played by the EU that
“has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace” .
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