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Nobel Committee does it again

October 12, 2012

They did it again.

The Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

The Norwegian Nobel Prize committee has again decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize award to a recipient with the intention to encourage the awardee to work for peace, rather than to reward an accomplishment.

The European Union was by its founders seen as a peace organization, but has since done little to promote peace or to achieve disarmament. Most important, the EU has not at all worked to diminish the greatest threat to mankind: nuclear war. Two of the dominant members of the EU are nuclear weapon states, which have shown no intention to work to prevent a nuclear Armageddon. The EU has rather discouraged work by its member states against nuclear weapons. The two European countries who have been most active for nuclear abolition, Switzerland and Norway, are not members of the EU.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. The Parliament has chosen to appoint mostly politicians. Maybe that is the reason the members keep rewarding politicians and political organisations. There should be members from peace research institutes, peace organisations, and respected non-political members of the community.

The European Union does not meet the requirements of a Nobel Peace laureate, according to the testament of Alfred Nobel, the one who shall have done the most or the best work for brotherhood between peoples, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the promotion of peace congresses.

  1. December 4, 2012 3:11 pm

    Thank you for this useful topic. We will continue to follow.

  2. October 20, 2012 5:04 pm

    There is an error of fact in this blog post, the EU started as a coal and steel organisation rather than a peace organisation. This has been confirmed by my legal advisor.

    The EU has done a lot of good work to protect human rights; it has helped to provide stability in Europe. Since 1945 there has not been a major war in Europe. While a nasty civil war occurred in eastern Europe in the former Yugoslavia where former parts of that country went to war, the war was contained within a small part of Europe. I would say that the EU has been a great force for stability in Europe.


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