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Crisis-torn EU wins Nobel Peace Prize

2012-10-12 11:22

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Prize was on Friday awarded to the European Union, an institution currently wracked by crisis but is credited with bringing more than a half century of peace to a continent ripped apart by World War II.

"The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe," Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in Oslo.

"Over a seventy-year period, Germany and France had fought three wars. Today war between Germany and France is unthinkable. This shows how, through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners," he said, explaining this year's prize decision.

The award is however a surprise at a time when European solidarity is facing its most daunting challenge in decades amid deep rifts between a south drowning in debt and a wealthier north, led by Germany, only reluctantly coming to the rescue.

Whether or not that begrudging assistance will keep the European project afloat remains to be seen, but the deep crisis has broadened the gulf already felt between citizens in the different member states and a Brussels long seen as too distant and bureaucratic.

Biggest common market

But the creation of the organisation is credited with helping to bring peace and stability to the war-torn continent by bringing together arch-enemies France and Germany and herding them down the same path.

Despite recurring difficulties, the EU has become the biggest common market in the world, allowing free circulation of goods, people, services and capital.

Over the years, the pioneering project has swelled to encompass 27 countries which not long ago sat on either side of the "Iron Curtain".

They came to the table with vastly different economic, social and cultural situations, but following intense integration efforts, a full 17 of them now share a common currency.

This year's prize will also cause shockwaves in host country Norway, which itself has rejected joining the union twice, in 1972 and 1994, and where three quarters of the inhabitants today say they are opposed to membership, according to recent polls.

Comments
  • UncleShep - 2012-10-12 11:23

    for messing economies.......ja neh!

      LanfearM - 2012-10-12 11:55

      @ andile.mhlangu - don't let the ANC's propaganda about the "evil whites" fool YOU.

      heinrich.spreeth - 2012-10-12 11:58

      @andile from which racist website did you copy and paste that crap?

      andile.mhlangu.7 - 2012-10-12 12:07

      The DA is doing a great job of protecting white privilege in the Western Cape. But then again, so too is the ANC in other provinces.

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-12 12:12

      Andile.....well, well. who supported the black and indians, outside South Africa during the struggle fight....Everything forgotten?

      breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-10-12 12:54

      If it wasn't for Europe the idea of an economy would never have dawned on Africa in the first place. Bartering cattle can hardly be called an economy, can it?

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-12 13:00

      @BreinLekkaise, Yes I agree with you, but that is another thing isn´t it. I also guess that the people who supported the liberation struggle also has been against colonialism. The thing is not to draw all whites in the same line just like all blacks/indians/chines etc are different as individuals...fortunately

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-12 13:00

      Andile.mhlangu, This article is about the Nobel Peace Prize. it isn't my fault if you don't know what that mean.

      JuditVictor - 2012-10-12 13:47

      Well ANDILE, trouble is, wherever the tribes took over in Africa, the Indians were the first to flee for their lives! You don't tolerate Indans at all!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-12 11:31

    Uuuh, is it not meant to be awarded to individuals? Maybe they gave it to them coz they need the money

      DSBennie - 2012-10-12 11:47

      No it can be given to organizations, Institute of International Law won it in 1904, the Permanent International Peace Bureau in 1910, the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1917, 1944 and 1963, Nansen International Office for Refugees in 1938, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1954 and 1981, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in 1965 International Labour Organization in 1969, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in 1985, United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces in 1988, International Campaign to Ban Landmines in 1997, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without borders) in 1999, The United Nations in 2001, International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-12 14:49

      Hey, if they can give it to Obama for doing nothing they can give it to the EU.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 11:33

    Really...Aaaarg...Does the words colonialism, Iraq, and recession ring a bell...soon it will be China for their human rights record or AlQaeda for bringing global peace.

      DSBennie - 2012-10-12 11:41

      In the space of 70 years Germany and France fought 3 devastating wars, the past enemies are now working together for the betterment of Europe, since the foundation of the EU's predecessors (Coal and steel community) Not one of the member states have declared war on one another, Western Europe, the source of the worlds conflicts for centuries is now at peace

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-12 11:49

      No it is not at peace. Wars involving the military have been replaced by bloodless banker's coups. Unelected faceless banker beurocrats being installed (deployed?) to head formerly sovereign nations. Greece, Italy et al ad infinitum ad nauseum. Not to mention all the economic cyber wars going on in the background... The EU is a crock.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-12 11:57

      Another person who didn't read the article and why they got it! The most peaceful continent for the last 60 years. Perhaps the Europeans have actually learned from the mistakes of the past, not something that can be said for most of the world.

      phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 12:05

      Greece, Turkey-Cyprus and Spain are super peaceful right now...they might just award them another Nobel price next year If EU will still be around...Obama and EU should have gotten their special IG Nobel price instead of creating this joke. I'm sure Alfred wants to be reburied with shame right now.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-12 14:32

      I could have sworn some member countries dropped a few thousand bombs on Africa recently.. Hmm http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/nato-accused-of-war-crimes-in-libya-6291566.html

  • dewald.olivier - 2012-10-12 11:38

    Hey at least they fight for human rights. What does your government do? Oh that's right live like fat cats and suppress the mine workers, impose BEE and tell the press to shut up or be locked up. Pathetic comments for the achievements made in Europe, but off course SA is perfect ;-)

      phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 11:58

      What human rights are you talking about...did they implement them in Iraq, Asia, Latin America or Africa during their 1910-90's third world joint ventures...Soon Greece, Italy and Spain will shredd all the IMF loaned moola EU has in their pockets and believe me the next 10 years is going to be super painful for EU they'll be decelerating financially (due to recession) and their virtual human rights record used as toilet paper (due to austerities being implemented by Napolean(Holland) and the fuhrer Meckel ) while the third world is catching up with fast growth not powered by slavery.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-12 15:16

      @ The-Azanian, your comment is utter nonsense, the EU was only formed in 1993, so it was not around in 1910-90!

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-12 11:45

    What a bloody farce, from giving it to Obama after 2 weeks in office, to giving it to a corrupt banking cartel like the EU, which exists only to centralise capital under the command of Merkel & Co, who exist only to provide a buffer in the form of NATO (aka The doers of America's dirty work for them)against the (ooh) Big Bad Russians, and evil arabs who are being unreasonable by not surrendering all their oil/revenues to the yankee conquerors.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-12 11:58

      Grow up and stop with the propaganda please. See things in perspective for a change.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-10-12 12:05

      No lanfear I think it is you who is fooled by propaganda.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-12 12:06

      OK. Perspective. Award a formerly prestigious peace prize to a bankrupt armed force, clandestinely involved in several covert and several overt military opperations in countries they have no damn business being in. Yeah, makes sense, there was no-one more deserving. And all the sheep follow the capitalist US line, and anyone who questions the blatantly obvious is shouted down by the bleats of all the sheeple.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-12 14:36

      Pretty much spot on, most people hear have their eyes clouded by propaganda. Even Europeans have realized their politicians serve banking interests only. Banking cartels are the most destructive force in this world today. In the year of 2000 there were seven countries without a Rothschild owned Central Bank, which were, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. In 2003, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran remained as the last countries on Earth not controlled by the Red Shield banks. Today, only Cuba, North Korea and Iran have central banks that are not Red Shield banks.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-12 14:37

      "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." Franklin D. Roosevelt "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." & "The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts." Henry Ford "The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and the corporations will grow up around them (the banks,) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” & “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” & "I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our constitution – taking from the federal government their power of borrowing." -Thomas Jefferson

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-12 14:37

      “The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the prime reason for the Revolutionary War.” – Benjamin Franklin (US politician and founding father) “History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” – James Madison (4th US President) “The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom… I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America, and use it systematically to corrupt modern civilization. They will not hesitate to plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos in order that the earth should become their inheritance.” – Otto von Bismark (1st Chancellor of the German Empire)

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-12 14:39

      People need to get to know the money system.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 17:32

      Tom, 83657345378538534398 People need to get to know, who enjoys conspiracies !!!!!!!

  • Willie - 2012-10-12 11:49

    What peace ?

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-10-12 11:56

    WHAT!?!?!?!? The EU is a giant screw up, so lets give them an award!!!

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-10-12 12:00

    They are mending europe while f#cking up other continents,shame they don't deserve it.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-12 15:22

      Europe is not stuffing up Afica (or any other continents) it is incompetent corrupt leaders.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 12:08

    Maybe its an Economic Bailout from Alfred Nobel foundation

  • den.alcock - 2012-10-12 12:44

    This is a joke, right?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-12 12:58

    This must be one of the biggest jokes of the year.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-10-12 12:58

    yeah right

  • edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-12 14:13

    Probably no one else to give it to ... a default award.

  • David - 2012-10-12 20:09

    The EU is an absolute joke.Whatever drugs or alchohol this idiot mhlangu.7 is on just shows how backward and behind the african continent is.Been back in SA for 3 weeks and I must say I am dumbfounded at the absolute ignorance of people in govt and service delivery industry.Most of Med Europe is in huge problems but Africa is just a laugh a moment.

  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-10-12 20:36

    Unbelievable.This has got to be a joke

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 20:44

      Obama the warmonger got a peace prize as well!

  • meshvic - 2012-10-14 14:06

    are these two wars the conflicts during the two world wars?

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