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Nobel Peace Prize goes to... The European Union?


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#1 Jase

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:05 AM

Did I read that right?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:45 AM

http://www.reuters.c...E89A1N820121012

(Reuters) - The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace, democracy and human rights over six decades in an award seen as a morale boost as the bloc struggles to resolve its economic crisis.

The award served as a reminder that the EU had largely brought peace to a continent which tore itself apart in two world wars in which tens of millions died.

The EU has transformed most of Europe "from a continent of wars to a continent of peace," Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the award in Oslo.

"The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest," Jagland said. "The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights."

Jagland praised the EU for rebuilding Europe from the devastation of World War Two and for its role in spreading stability after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

While welcomed by European leaders, the award will have little practical effect on the debt crisis afflicting the single currency zone, which has brought economic instability and social unrest to several states with rioting in Athens and Madrid.



#3 Inimicus

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:46 AM

They needed the money worse than any of the other nominees...

#4 stirs

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:46 AM

Obama and the EU

How Ironic

#5 Niner National

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:47 AM

Give all the money to Greece. That $1.5 million should solve their problems.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:48 AM

They needed the money worse than any of the other nominees...


my first thought as well.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:27 AM

EU probably deserve it more than when they gave it to Obama.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:42 AM

It's a good decision as any, if you have an issue with it you don't know poo about history.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

It's a good decision as any, if you have an issue with it you don't know poo about history.


lol

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

It is an absurd selection. One need only walk the streets of major Greek and Spanish cities to see how much peace the European Union has brought:





About as peaceful as Obama's drone strikes on innocent people.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:31 PM

civil unrest =/= war

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

It definitely =/= peace though.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

I think this was meant for the band Europa. #awkward

#14 GOOGLE RON PAUL

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:37 PM

i would just like to point out that the title of one of those videos sylvianlight posted is "Cut & Bleeding: Austerity-bitten Spain stands up in fury "

interesting

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:52 PM

I think if Obama wins re-election, then the US should be primed in another couple of years for the same award EU just won.

Something to look forward to


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