This week the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize committee startled the world with this selection, breaking with tradition by honoring an institution rather than an individual. Reactions, understandably, have been mixed, both in Europe and around the world. European bureaucrats are overjoyed that other European bureaucrats have given them this stamp of approval. Many people look at this self-congratulatory exercise with a bit more cynicism. I can only imagine how “Condescending Wonka” would react.
Numerous European countries are on the verge of bankruptcy. This week Athenians rioted in the streets. German public opinion continues to sour on the unified currency.
The awarding of the Peace Prize to this fragmenting union makes the bureaucrats seem like they’re grasping at straws. Maybe the prize will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. By awarding the prize maybe the Union won’t disintegrate. But can you really buy peace like that?
Wishing it was so, doesn’t make it so. Just ask Neville Chamberlain. Peace can’t be bought with a piece of paper. Peace comes through tackling the hard problems, something the EU has been reluctant to do.
Do you think the European Union can be saved? Should it be?