Is the Nobel Peace Prize In Danger of Becoming a SNL Skit?

A Nobel for the EU to steady things even as the crisis is not yet averted:

We see already now an increase of extremism and nationalistic attitudes,” said Thorbjorn Jagland, the former Norwegian prime minister who is chairman of the panel awarding the prize, in an interview after announcing the award. “There is a real danger that Europe will start disintegrating. Therefore, we should focus again on the fundamental aims of the organization.”

Yet on the very day that the award was announced in Oslo, leading European policy makers again publicly bickered over how to deal with Greece’s bailout. Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, rejected calls from the French head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, to give Greece more time to make additional spending cuts to rein in deficits.

via Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to European Union – NYTimes.com.

Alex Massie asks if this award has lost its meaning?  Isn’t the crisis still unresolved?  Gareth Harding offers a retort, noting that its the right award, but just at the wrong time.  The EU’s contribution to peace and security is meaningful in the long run; right now conflicts over the economic and political agreements signed in Maastricht in 1992 are boiling over.

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2 thoughts on “Is the Nobel Peace Prize In Danger of Becoming a SNL Skit?

  1. svanmaanen says:

    My reaction was the same as many people’s when I heard that the EU had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I was skeptical because it seems that everything I’ve heard lately about the EU has been conflicts over the debt crises and concern over the euro. This article (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/15/eyes_off_the_prize?page=0,0) makes the point that the prize may have made better sense at a different time. The EU has been successful in resolving many conflicts, but there are notable conflicts it has failed to solve. The point the Nobel committee made that the countries of the EU should rededicate themselves to the organization is a good one; I am just not sure if I agree with them awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for encouragement almost more than achievement.

  2. marianorfila says:

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw the news about the EU winning the noble peace prize, was 2009 Noble Peace prize winner. Obama won the Prize right after he was elected in the article when he won it said: “The committee said it honored Obama for his ‘extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.’ Obama said he viewed the decision less as a recognition of his own accomplishments and more as ‘a call to action.'” http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/09/nobel.peace.prize/index.html
    Like was mention in the response above, the Nobel Peace Prize has become more an encouragement than an achievement from the winner. However, the question is: Is it making a difference? Is the winner acting in such recognition?

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