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Mired in Crisis, E.U. Wins Nobel Peace Prize
New York Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | ALAN COWELL and WALTER GIBBS

Posted on 10/12/2012 5:40:03 AM PDT by reaganaut1

PARIS — The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 2012 peace prize on Friday to the 27-nation European Union, lauding its role over six decades in building peace and reconciliation among enemies who fought Europe’s bloodiest wars, even as the continent wrestles with economic strife that threatens its cohesion and future.

But the award also seemed to illuminate competing visions of Europe as both historical unifier and meddlesome overlord, recalling deep strains within the bloc, primarily between Germany and other European nations over Berlin’s insistence on austerity measures that have brought pain to Europeans in Greece and Spain particularly.

Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the panel awarding the prize, said it was a signal focusing on the union’s historical role binding France and Germany together after World War II and its perceived impact in spreading reconciliation and democracy beyond the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe and on to the Balkans. “The stabilizing part played by the E. U. has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace,” he said.

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said the award proved that the European body was “something very precious.”

“It is justified recognition for a unique project that works for the benefit of its citizens and also for the benefit of the world,” he said. “The award today by the Nobel committee shows that, even in these difficult times, the European Union remains an inspiration for countries and people all over the world and that the international community needs a strong European Union.”

Norway is not a member of the European Union and Mr. Jagland said some people in his country were not aware of the historical role it had played.

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This is absurd. The European monetary union has been on the verge of collapse for some time, saved only by bailouts from the IMF (which Americans pay for, in part) and other organizations. Greeks, Italians, and Spaniards don't want Germans telling them how much to spend. Germans (and Finns, and Dutchmen) don't want to pay for the bloated governments and welfare states of other countries. This is not going to end well.

Did NATO ever get a Nobel Peace prize? That's the organization that stopped European wars after World War II.

1 posted on 10/12/2012 5:40:05 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

EU and Obama, LOL.

What idiots.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 5:45:01 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: reaganaut1

3 posted on 10/12/2012 5:47:37 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: reaganaut1

I’m shocked. I thought the Muslim Brotherhood had it wrapped up.


4 posted on 10/12/2012 5:47:41 AM PDT by ILS21R (The time is nigh.)
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To: reaganaut1

Good point.

Another loser Peace Prize for nothin.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 5:48:07 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: ILS21R

They would have, but they’re too busy killing Salafists and uppity teenage girls to attend the acceptance ceremony.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 5:49:41 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: reaganaut1

Notice that neither Norway nor Sweden has adopted the Euro. If they had, they might not be so keen on the EU.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 5:50:11 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ( Message to President Obama: Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin)
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To: reaganaut1
My Nobel Peace Prize nominee for 2013:

To pizza, "for being delicious all over the world."
8 posted on 10/12/2012 5:55:09 AM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: reaganaut1

They’d run out of Democratic politicians to give it to. Slick Willie would have been a possibility, but that wouldn’t have done anything for Obama.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 5:57:19 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: reaganaut1

The prize money will fix that debt crisis, lol


10 posted on 10/12/2012 5:57:59 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: reaganaut1

Nigial Farrage is going to have a field day with this one.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 6:04:17 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: annalex

I’m surprised that the “demonstrators” in bengazi didn’t get it.


12 posted on 10/12/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: reaganaut1

Um, 6 decades? Is the Nobel Committee high? The EU has not been around for 60 years.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 6:07:29 AM PDT by Tublecane
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I'm coming to the conclusion that the worst denegration of a man's or an institution's reputation is the receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.

It is the biggest marker of failure possible.

14 posted on 10/12/2012 6:09:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (WAAAAAAAAAHHHhhhhh.....)
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To: Apparatchik

Runners up: Fried Chicken. The Colonel foresook war to bring us something finger-lickin’ good.


15 posted on 10/12/2012 6:10:02 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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The EU is a VILE anti-Christian successor to the Soviet Union!!!! What they did to the Serbs—and are still doing in Kosovo and Bosnia—is genocidal indeed!!!!

Fortunately, the EU is DYING! The bogus Nobel Peace Prize will be its epitaph!

Feckless, quisling politicians who steer Serbia toward joining the EU are DEAD WRONG!!!! Neither Serbia no Ukraine should join the EU, and Orthodox Romania and Bulgaria should GET OUT! (Greece will be a tougher proposition—but it was EU membership and the Euro that got it into its predicament.) There are other candidates (the Czech Republic) for early exit from the EU as well.

PHOOEY to the EU, and PHOOEY to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which messed up big time as it almost always does!!!!


16 posted on 10/12/2012 6:10:49 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Eleutheria5

Other runners up: Coca Cola, the universal drink of corporate brotherhood.

Corporations, for giving radical leftists something to protest against

B’tzelem, for combining agitation with creative photography

George Soros, because he gave the Nobel Committee a lot of money

CNN: For objective, credible journalism and refusing to provide any

Turkeys: They taste so good with cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce: It tastes so good with turkey


17 posted on 10/12/2012 6:15:23 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Honorary Serb
Neither Serbia no Ukraine should join the EU, and Orthodox Romania and Bulgaria should GET OUT! (Greece will be a tougher proposition—but it was EU membership and the Euro that got it into its predicament.)

The motivation for all these was to get on the meal ticket and now that the welfare office in Brussels has closed it is a matter of time till they would want their sovereignties back. We shall see how peaceful that process will be.

18 posted on 10/12/2012 6:17:53 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Lazamataz

If only Mark Twain or Groucho Marx were alive to properly eulogize the Nobel Committee. They left us on our own to deride that which can never be sufficiently derided. Sob.


19 posted on 10/12/2012 6:18:11 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: reaganaut1

The Nobel people are setting into a pattern of awarding incompetence.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 6:18:49 AM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

So that’s why Jimmuh got one!


21 posted on 10/12/2012 6:21:01 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: annalex

Fortunately, as of earlier this year Serbia has a more patriotic government.

They still say that they want to join the EU, but they may not (I hope) mean it.

Joining the EU would mean having all Serbia’s best and brightest young people leave, while the Homeland is inundated with muslim immigrants. It would also mean having to accept “gay” parades, and other measures to destroy Serb culture and its Orthodox Church.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 6:25:28 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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lauding its role over six decades in building peace and reconciliation among enemies who fought Europe’s bloodiest wars

The EU couldn’t fill a pee bucket if ya gave them a truck full of kegs to do so.

FRom “Royal” families to massive death programs run by the state, never have so many died for so little in return.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 8:50:17 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Honorary Serb

There is a hope that this peace prize laureate beats the dust before the Serb politicians sell out to it.


24 posted on 10/12/2012 5:45:57 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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