The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, honored by the Norwegian committee which looked beyond Europe’s current malaise to recognize its decades of stability and democracy after the horrors of two world wars.

Fittingly for an institution with no single leader, the EU sent three of its presidents to the Oslo ceremony for the 2012 prize, which critics including former Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu say is undeserved.

“Sixty years of peace. It’s the first time that this has happened in the long history of Europe,” Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, told Reuters before the ceremony.

So rioting in the streets doesn’t count?

  1. Ah_Yea says:

    Well, at least they can enjoy the prize for a few years until the EU fails economically, breaks up, and blows itself to smithereens.

  2. Glenn E. says:

    Some time back they award the NPP to some guys for coming up with the Derivatives formula for investments. Which eventually lead to the one investment firm that had exclusive use of these derivatives, crashing and burning. But the award was never recalled. So it seems to me, it’s the Nobel legacy all over again. Invent Dynamite for peaceful purposes, but it gets used in wars. Invent Derivatives for risk free capital gains, only to have delayed risk wipe out real monetary investments. Yeah, that deserves another NPP, as much as anything else, I guess.

    If DNA research ends up creating a new species of life that threatens to wipe out the rest of us. I hope the two guys who got the NPP for discovering DNA, have to give back their awards.

  3. MikeN says:

    So I guess now Michael Mann’s defense of being a Nobel Prize winner won’t work as the people he is suing are also equally Nobel Prize winners.

  4. Bill Brugger says:

    What was that thing that happen in the former Yugoslavia or thing between the Greeks and Turkey in Cyprus?

  5. .... says:

    First they give it to the Droner and Chief and now thee clowns. I’m sure Nobel is spinning in his grave.