Nobel prize will encourage EU

2012-10-12 12:50
Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairperson Thorbjoern Jagland announces the European Union as the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, Norway. (Heiko Junge, AFP)

Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairperson Thorbjoern Jagland announces the European Union as the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, Norway. (Heiko Junge, AFP)

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Paris - France's Jacques Delors, the powerful former European Commission chief, said the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union on Friday would encourage countries of the bloc to deepen their co-operation despite crises along the way.

"Europe carries on despite the crises. It's not a long calm river, but it is consolidating," Delors, who during the 1980s helped create the conditions that would lead to a single market trading zone within Europe, told BFMTV.

"I think all the heads of state and populations will take this award as an encouragement. I am very emotional. The last three decades have been very difficult."

Delors, aged 87, was a fierce defender of European integration and often ran up against heads of governments, including Britain's Margaret Thatcher who vowed to defend British sovereignty against what she saw as incursions from Brussels.

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