Reporter: A Union worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize?
The news spread very quickly on Twitter: the European Union had won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012. After 60 years of history and in an economic crisis, is it a reward for the past or encouragement for the future? EuroparlTV has investigated. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union. The reason for the prize is clear. Six decades of contribution to peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in the EU. The European Union above all represents peace after centuries of war between European countries, ending in the shame of the Holocaust. Then came reconciliation between East and West. But more recently the European Union means the economic and financial crisis, which has affected the eurozone since 2010. What do those who talk about Europe every day think? We visit the EU bubble. The historic achievement of the European Union is fundamentally a good thing. But as to whether it helps us to find a way out of this very difficult crisis... I'm sure that this is an award with symbolic resonance more than anything else at this point. For the Macedonians, I see how the people reacted. They're laughing about it and they say the Nobel Prize has no sense at all now. We have war in our countries, so we know how the European Union and the Europeans interfere in these things. The EU is never good with crises when they happen, because it has to mobilise resources. It also needs time to make decisions. Over ...