EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest
Former winners, local demonstrators slam award
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2012 9:44 AM CST
People walk with torches to protest against the awarding of the Peace Prize to the EU bloc, in Oslo, Norway, Sunday Dec. 9, 2012.   (Yves Logghe)

(Newser) – The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders to work together amid the economic crisis, the AP notes. This year's ceremony was more austere than usual, with prize money cut 20% and fewer chauffeured cars for winners, Reuters reports. Protesters in Oslo and worldwide voiced opposition to the award.

Previous winners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire, and Argentina's Adolfo Perez Esquivel, said the $1.2 million in prize money shouldn't be paid out this year; the EU, they said, uses military power for security, which isn't in keeping with the prize's ideals. Yesterday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Oslo, chanting, "The EU is not a worthy winner," the New York Times reports. Peace activists argued that a prize initially aimed at disarmament shouldn't go to the bloc, while a Greek MP said the EU had "pushed my country and the whole of southern Europe back to the Middle Ages."

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Dec 11, 2012 9:22 AM CST
peace prize should go to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i shook hands with my crappy neighbor!
Dec 10, 2012 9:09 PM CST
Nobel must be turning in his grave. What an absurd way of awarding what used to be considered a valued award (not for the money) valued because it recognized the achievements of People who worked long and hard amid many adverse conditions in their chosen field to forward human progress. And now the latest ignominy to give to these useless politicians who the committee believe to be representative of the EUROPEAN UNION. What a travesty.
Dec 10, 2012 12:16 PM CST
Nobel committee is full of nut bags? But then we knew that,