Commentary: Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union

Commentary: Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union

By Achim Hurrelmann, CETD collaborator and Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University

In October 2012, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize would be awarded to the European Union. This decision was seen as surprising by many observers, especially in the light of the Eurozone financial crisis, which has resulted in an overwhelmingly negative discourse about the EU in recent years. This commentary reviews the current criticisms on the Nobel’s decision by comparing the achievements of the EU and NATO in post-war Europe.

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