Last Friday the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union. The reasoning: the EU and its forerunner have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. According to the Committee “the stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace”.
The news were welcomed by the leaders of the EU and criticized by eurosceptics. Read about the debate more here:
- on BBC.co.uk, featuring a short speech by the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and a slide show of maps showing how the European club grew
- on the European Citizen blog, by Conor Slowley, who argues that even though the EU deserved the prize, the timing and the manner of the award are inappropriate
- on Gulf Stream Blues you can read an American observer’s perspective
- on EU Observer Andrew Rettman presents the contradictory reactions by EU officials and MEPs
- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, journalist of the Telegraph argues that the wrong Europe has won the Nobel Peace Prize
- the opinion of a columnist of The Economist
- the result of a survey about who should collect the Prize on behalf of the EU on the blog of Jon Worth
- on Europaportalen.se here and here
- on the website of the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet here and here
- in Aftonbladet
- in Dagens Nyheter
- listen to a discussion concerning the EU’s Nobel Prize on Sveriges Radio P3
The Prize is going to be handed out at the Nobel Prize Ceremony on 10 December.