"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."
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland • Discussing why, exactly, an entire continent, with millions of people, is worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize — he says it’s because the continent has converted “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace.” Does this mean we have to preface any time someone does something terrible on the continent with a phrase like “Nobel Peace Prize winning dictator”? The union will now split the $1.2 million prize between roughly 500 million people — though we’re assuming a few hundred million will be left out. (via shortformblog)
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Well good for you European Union. My only real concern is now every time I have to listen to some self-righteous European preach to me of the perfection of Europe at a bar no matter what argument I make they can always just go “Well I’ve won a Nobel Peace Prize what have you done?” and I mean how do I come back from that? I guess I can just drink some more right?