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European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize for “Uniting Continent”: Many Norwegians are Bitterly Opposed to the EU

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EuroNews – The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.

The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said an hour before the announcement that the EU would win.
The prize, worth $1.2 million, will be presented in Oslo on December 10.

 The president of the European Parliament welcomed the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union on Friday, saying it recognised post-war reconciliation in Europe and would serve as an inspiration. “(We are) deeply touched and honoured that the EU has won the Nobel Peace Prize,” Martin Schulz said in a statement distributed on Twitter.

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CBSnNews wrote:

UE wins Nobel Peace Prize for Uniting Continent

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, in the midst of the union’s biggest crisis since its creation in the 1950s.

The Norwegian prize committee said the EU received the award for six decades of contributions “to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.

The stabilizing part played by the European Union has helped to transform a once torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace,” Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said.

The EU rose from the ashes of World War II, born of the conviction that ever-closer economic ties would make sure that century-old enemies never turned on each other again.

The idea began to take on a more defined shape when, on May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed that France and the Federal Republic of Germany pool their coal and steel resources in a new organization that other European countries could join.

The award comes at a time when the EU is in the midst of a crisis due to pressure on the euro, the currency shared by its 17 nations.

The choice was a surprise, particularly in light of EU’s current troubles, Reuters points out, adding that many Norwegians are bitterly opposed to the EU, “seeing it as a threat to the sovereignty of nation states.”

REUTERS wrote:  

Nobel prize will encourage crisis-prone EU: Delors

(Reuters) – 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 cooperation 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, 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.

(Reporting by Yves Clarisse; writing by Mark John and John Irish)

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