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. EastCoastCrackP0t says:

    WTF about Libya???!!!! That was real fucking peaceful.

  2. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    What a farce.

  3. MikeN says:

    So now every resident of Europe is a Nobel Prize Winner?
    How about giving a prize to Earth next year?
    President Obama must feel that with this award the value of his prize has been cheapened.

    • JCD's Love Child says:

      Don’t be silly. We all know Earth doesn’t deserve it. Everyone knows that Zeta Reticuli deserves it more!

  4. Kahless says:

    The nobel peace prize has been a joke for a while. Remember when Obama got it when he hadn’t done anything of substance? And when they gave it to Gore for making up a pretty PowerPoint presentation?

  5. Yankinwaoz says:

    Lovely. Now the NPP is awarded for things you DON’T do. Thank you for NOT going to war, here is your prize. This is like giving a prize to your local crack addict for not breaking in to your house this year.

  6. The0ne says:

    Rioting, Libya, racism, segregation…what’s the big deal. We’re comparing to two wars according to the article!! Wars!!! Them muslim people should be deported anyhow. Same goes for my Asian people.

  7. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    So rioting in the streets doesn’t count? /// Thats right. Civil unrest is not war which is what the NPP is about. March of Dimes had to shift around for awhile once Polio was cured. Same with NPP. Rather a waste of good will to give it to Obama or Europe. Political Prisoners in jail or house arrest seems to be the best use of it so as to support those good folks.

    Hey–do anything long enough and you start to go crazy. Thats what’s wrong with “career” anything. You start to do crazy stuff to relieve the boredom.

    Time for changes is well past. My boredom is still waiting on them to occur.

    Politics, Religion….. lets go with Media?==how f**king bored and stupid do you have to be to present an argument over whether the SUPER CRIMINALLY RICH TOP 2% should be marginally tax at 35% or 39% be? Ha, ha. We should all give the finger to every news analyst out there who doesn’t call all parties to task for raising the chimera to newsworthy status. They are all ((ALL = media and politicians, pundits, etc)) full of shit.

    Silly Hoomans.

  8. Dallas says:

    I was hoping two term President Obama would win again. :-(

  9. Adam says:

    There’s a cash prize that goes with it, I presume that’s the reason that they gave it to Europe.

  10. Captain Obvious says:

    Congratulations Germany on avoiding genocide for 60 years.

  11. deowll says:

    The reason for the peace is called NATO.

  12. Uncle Patso says:

    “So rioting in the streets doesn’t count?”

    Nope. Rioting in the streets is like the birds waking you up on Sunday morning. War is like your house burning down, killing everyone inside.

    Europe wasn’t always just a few countries like it is now. There were thousands and thousands of dukedoms, earldoms, principalities, baronetcies, kingdoms, empires, etc., etc., etc., and each duke, earl, prince, baronet, king, emperor, etc. had a snappy uniform with a really cool sword, a well-trained war horse and either some kind of army or some money for mercenaries along with a hankering for some land and/or treasure from his neighbors. The famous Four Horsemen, War, Famine, Disease and Death were the most common result of all these wars, as whatever invading army usually took everything they could carry and burned all the rest, especially the crops and livestock. It was a way of life — heck, it was the way of life all the way from Ogg, Boss of Cave #7 up to Hitler, Mussolini, etc.

    So yes, 60 or 65 or however many years of no war is a big deal.

  13. Dudeski says:

    Hey, could be worse. Remember when we gave it to Obama?
    Yeah.. Maybe it’d be better to gave this crap back to the swedes or something. =/

  14. sargasso_c says:

    We need to be reminded how the Nobel Prize Committee reaches it’s decisions. The biggest dog tells it what to do. And the US is no longer the biggest dog.

  15. seetheblacksun says:

    Make it the Nobel Pizza Prize. It’s cheesy enough.

  16. Screw it ALL says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. IT’S ALL BULLSHIT!!! And it became OBVIOUS that it’s all bullshit when Obama got one in 2009 for basically winning the 2008 election.

    Consider the facts! Here’s one you just can’t ignore: they passed over Gandhi FIVE TIMES! Yes, THAT Gandhi who passively led a NON VIOLENT revolution for the independence of India.

    And do we hear anything about certain Buddhist monks in Nepal for passively resisting Chinese oppression? How about Myanmar (aka Burma) and Women’s rights leaders there? How about every girl in every oppressive backwards Muslim country who defy LAWS by going to school or for getting SHOT when they do?!

    So who the fuck cares if the Peace Prize is awarded to some group of ex-NAZI’S?! Frankly, it looks as though the Nobel commission doesn’t know what a HOMONYM is! (The example here is “Peace” versus “Piece” for those of you who didn’t go to junior high.) It’s probably a good bet that the Nobel commission on Peace is nothing but ex-Nazi’s themselves!

    • pedro says:

      I thought the biggest blunder of that “piece” prize was when they awarded it to Arafat but the Obama thing was the nail that sealed that coffin.

    • What? The moth is always drawn to the flame? says:

      FTW

  17. TThor says:

    Here are the true words about EU:

    http://youtu.be/s07ysBK4CfU

  18. Randy Johnson says:

    So, genocide in Bosnia? And they invited the US to come bomb the Bosnians?

  19. noname says:

    Personally, I think they should give it to Klaatu in absentia or GORT.

  20. Egon Ruuda says:

    That it is 60 years of peace within the EU, not Europe should be noted as we all know the balkans has had several wars and also Georgia is partly in Europe as well. But list a few: First Chechen War (94-96), War of Transnistria (90’s and ongoing), Croatian War of Independence (91-95), Georgian Civil War (91-93), East Prigorodny conflict (91-92), War in Abkhazia (92–93), Bosnian War (92-95), 1997 rebellion in Albania (97), War in Abkhazia (98), Kosovo War (98-99), Invasion of Dagestan (99), Second Chechen War (99-09), Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia (01). I probably missed a few.. But that is only the wars within contintental Europe, not included are the wars in other continents where europeans countries are co-beliggerents like the middle east wars, north african conflicts, “Operation Enduring Freedom” wars and civil wars all around the world.

    • Egon Ruuda says:

      Also i forgot the invasion and current occupation of northern Cyprus.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Bill Brugger says:

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

  25. .... says:

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