The Nobel Prize committee announced that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Eunion: “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”.
This is akin to pat on its own back, and surely a controversial announcement considering European economy in tatters, and its role in Libyan war recently.
According to its press release:
The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. 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. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.
The work of the EU represents “fraternity between nations”, and amounts to a form of the “peace congresses” to which Alfred Nobel refers as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will.