Once again the Nobel committee shows that their definition of peace has little to do with actual peace. The EU is being praised because it has made leaps and bounds in implementing the ideas of global government.
It’s got a collapsing currency and rioting on the streets but the European Union wins the Nobel PEACE Prize
- Nobel committee said the award was for ‘the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights’
- But critics condemn the move at a time when the bloc is gripped by the Eurozone crisis and facing serious questions about its future
- Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says it is ‘slightly interesting’ to give to the award to an ‘acronym’
- Tory MEPs joke the Nobel committee ‘is a little late for an April fools joke’ and declare: ‘Parody is redundant’
- Tony Blair hails the EU as ‘one of the defining concepts’ of the last 50 years
- The prize is awarded by a panel of five people from Norway – which is not even a member of the EU
PUBLISHED: 04:12 EST, 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 20:25 EST, 12 October 2012
The European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday, despite a year marked by rioting and the prospect of an acrimonious break-up of the euro.
Awarding the prize, the Norwegian committee praised the EU for its six decades of contributions ‘to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe’.
However, the announcement caused widespread bemusement and derision, with critics pointing out that it comes as the eurozone battles the worst recession for nearly a century.
The past 12 months have also seen Brussels help to push aside the democratically elected governments in Greece and Italy, and widespread civil unrest and rioting.
This week saw Greek citizens dressed as Nazis burn swastika flags to protest at a visit to Athens by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Last night former Chancellor Lord Lamont ridiculed the decision, saying: ‘Today’s decision seems preposterous and absurd.
‘It would require a heart of stone not to die of laughter. It is the most ridiculous decision since the committee gave the peace prize to Barack Obama when he had been US President for two minutes.’
Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland acknowledged that the EU was facing ‘grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest’.
But he insisted: ‘The stabilising part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.’ The announcement was greeted with glee in Brussels, where European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso added: ‘The EU is something very precious.
We should cherish it for the good of Europeans and for the good of the entire world.’
And former prime minister Tony Blair said: ‘The EU is one of the defining concepts of the last half century.
We would do well to remember that when the Second World War ended Europe was in ruins. What followed has been over 50 years of peace and progress.’
However, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: ‘Never a week goes by that we don’t see riots and protests in capital cities against the economic prison they have imposed. Rather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence.’
Arch eurosceptic Bill Cash said: ‘It is like giving an Oscar to a box office flop. It is thanks to Nato, the Marshall Plan and the help of the United States that Europe maintained peace after World War Two, certainly not the European Union.’
Ridicule also flowed in from the City, where businesses and banks fear a breakup of the euro. Peter Hargreaves, co-founder of financial adviser Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ‘It’s mad. It will be interesting to see if they take it back if Greece dissolves into martial law.’