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The Nobel Peace Prize (Norwegian, Danish and Swedish: Nobels fredspris) is one of the five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. It is awarded to those who have \"done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.\" (Source : Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Prize )
Nobel Committee Prepares to Announce Peace Prize
The peace prize climaxes a week in which Nobel institutions have awarded prizes in science and literature that rank among the world’s most coveted emblems of excellence.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2012
BBC News - Nobel Peace Prize awarded to European Union
The committee said the EU had helped to transform Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace". The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states. The last organisation to be given the award outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won in 1999. Announcing the award, Nobel committee president Thorbjoern Jagland acknowledged the EUs current financial problems and social unrest. But he said the committee wanted to concentrate on the bodys work over six decades of advancing "peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights". Past controversies Mr Jagland highlighted the EUs work in sealing the reconciliation between France and Germany in the decades after World War II. Continue reading the main story Analysis It was a unanimous decision by the five-member panel of the Nobel committee, but also came as a surprise to many - not least the pundits who had variously speculated that perhaps the bloggers of the Arab Spring, or a Russian human rights groups might win. The European Unions achievements are clear, and the Nobel committee has highlighted them. Focusing on a long-term view of the EUs activities the committee spoke of reconciliation following the two World Wars. It mentioned the integration of the Eastern Bloc countries, and the EUs role in delivering stability in the Balkans. However, they picked a rather strange time to honour the organisation. The eurozone crisis has made the EU look more divided and fragile than it has for decades. Shock in Brussels at Nobel award And he praised the organisation for incorporating Spain, Portugal and Greece after their authoritarian regimes collapsed in the 1970s. The EUs reconciliation work had now moved to Balkan countries, he said, and pointed out that Croatia was on the verge of membership. Reacting to the award, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on his Twitter feed: "It is a great honour fo
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EU awarded Nobel Peace Prize - Telegraph
The European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize, despite a year marked by riots on streets of many capitals and the looming prospect of an acrimonious break up amid an economic crisis caused by the euro.
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Nobel peace prize awarded to the European Union - live coverage | World news | guardian.co.uk
EU wins the Nobel peace prize: was it the right decision? | Poll | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
The European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel peace prize for its historic role in uniting the continent. Do you agree with the decision?
Reaction as EU wins Peace Prize | Reuters
BRUSSELS | Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:10pm IST BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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. Following are reactions to the award:nFORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHLn"It is a wise and far-sighted decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union this year. I am very pleased at this decision. The Nobel Peace Prize 2012 for the EU is above all a confirmation for the European peace project.n"It is also encouragement for all of us, to continue on the path to a united Europe, that is to say, to stick to the ever closer ties on our continent and to develop Europe despite some difficulties and problems which must yet be overcome.n"As Europeans we all have reason to be proud today. I am proud, and I wish for Gods blessing for us on our further path to a united Europe."nBELGIAN PRIME MINISTER ELIO DI RUPOn"This shows that the European project continues to inspire the world even today. Its a project which started as a dream of a handful of politicians looking for peace and prosperity for all of their fellow citizens that has grown to a powerful symbol of cooperation and progress.n"Europe, a continent that was once taken apart by terrible wars, is thanks to the European Union today a symbol of peaceful debate and conflict resolution to the whole world.n"In these difficult economic times, where the European Union is confronted with the greatest challenges in its existence, the Union shows that we can only via mutual solidarity and dialogue can make tomorrow better than today.n"The Prime Minister is also proud. Belgium, as one of the founding members of the EU has always been a front runner and source of inspiration in the process of European unification.n"To make Europe loved by its citizens, they have to find themselves in Europe. Let the prize be an inspirati
Nobel peace prize win leaves Brussels in raptures and Eurosceptics sour-faced | World news | guardian.co.uk
Wracked by its worst ever crisis of confidence in almost 60 years, the European Union received a surprise boost to its self-esteem when it won the Nobel peace prize. In a decision that many saw as paradoxical given the multiple frictions and disputes afflicting the union as it struggles to save its single currency, the Nobel committee in Oslo took the bigger and longer view, citing the EUs long record of generating reconciliation between historical foes and helping to restore democracy and peace to the erstwhile dictatorships of southern Europe and the former communist regimes of the old Soviet bloc.nThe award brought a rapturous reaction at EU headquarters in Brussels, as well as sour and embittered criticism from europhobes and Eurosceptics, principally British. "The EU is the biggest peacemaking institution ever created in human history," said Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European council who chairs EU summits. The award was "the strongest possible recognition of the deep political motives behind our union".nJosé Manuel Barroso, head of the European commission, said the prize had been awarded to all 500 million EU citizens.nPoliticians and officials from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean used the unexpected award to point out what they saw as at stake in Europes current existential crisis, triggered by ballooning debt levels, bailouts, austerity and deep divisions over how to regenerate the EU and save the single currency, the euro.n"A timely reminder to the EU of its strengths at this time of crisis," said Rebecca Harms, a Green leader in the European parliament.nThe generosity inspired by the award did not extend to British anti-EU campaigners. "This goes to show that the Norwegians really do have a sense of humour. The EU may be getting the booby prize for peace because it sure hasnt created prosperity. The EU has created poverty and unemployment for millions," complained Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, which exists to try to get Britain
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Social media abuzz as European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize | Firstpost
The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize. 65 years ago yes. In 2012? Gimme a break!
Am I the only one who thinks this is odd? Crisis ridden #EU wins the #Nobelpeaceprize. http://t.co/Dii9op7B
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Ridiculous is an understatement! RT @spygun: Want to read something ridiculous? EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize http://t.co/T3uHHEF1 @reuters
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