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Politicians pleased with Nobel peace prize for Europe, except Wilders

Friday 12 October 2012

The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union is 'great recognition of the major historical role the European Union has played in peace, security and democracy, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Labour leader Diederik Samsom, currently in talks with Rutte on forming a new coalition government, said the award is 'a great honour'.

However, the award has implications for this generation of politicians, he said. 'They know what is at stake'.


Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal emphasised the role of the EU in guaranteeing peace, while the defence minister said the decision is a 'boost' for the EU.

However, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold, one of the most pro-European campaigners in parliament, said he felt the prize has more impact if it is awarded to a single person.

And Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-European PVV, said the prize had been given to the EU because of all the problems facing the alliance. 'What next? An Oscar for [EU president Herman] van Rompuy,' Wilders said.

Has the Nobel prize committee got it wrong? Share your thoughts using the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

I think it was a good choice and it will encourage the EU to follow through on tough decision making in the future. Wilders is such a fool! Nobody should listen to that blathering idiot!

By M | 12 October 2012 3:13 PM

An interesting gesture but I always wonder why we put so much stock in the opinion of a small number of select Norwegian academics.
I guess it gets people thinking.

By Craig | 12 October 2012 3:21 PM

Anything that upsets Wilders gets my vote.

By Peter Alt | 12 October 2012 3:28 PM

I have little faith in politicians.. I have zero faith in banks.. but the EU is something I am proud to be a part of. It has brought us all closer together.
Whilst it is seen as an economic threat by the USA and hated by those from whom it is designed to protect us, and certainly far from perfect, it is, for sure, something we can all be proud of.

By Andy | 12 October 2012 4:12 PM

That Wilders is displeased with the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the European Union is rather ironic. The EU was formed to prevent nasty right wing extremists like him from damaging international relations in the first place! His disapproval confirms that the EU is infact serving its purpose.

By Andy | 12 October 2012 4:16 PM

Considering that the European continent has seen the better part of its history at war within itself, celebrating its longest period of peace warrants some deserved recognition. That said, I think how Europe dealt with the Serbian and Kosovo conflict gives some pause to whether awarding Europe with the Nobel Peace Prize isn't perhaps a bit premature. Just the same... congratulations!

By Quince | 12 October 2012 4:21 PM

I understand that the prize was asarded primarily for EU's promotion of p[eace abroad. I would hav e been happier if the rationale had been that the EU should be honoured for its efforts to prevent armed conflict within Europe.

By Ben Sanders | 12 October 2012 4:25 PM

No surprises here. Iv'e yet to hear Wilders make any positive statements.

By Donaugh | 12 October 2012 5:16 PM

No, The Nobel prize committee has got it correct, The EU deserve the prize as they have helped to have peace all over Europe. Usually the Nobel prize is given to a individual, but not this time.

By AlMorr | 12 October 2012 5:25 PM

Politicians pleased with Nobel peace prize for Europe, except Wilders. The will of Alfred Bernhard Nobel states explicitly the all prizes show be given to individuals who are alive, thus not organizations. This must be considered against the will of Mr Nobel.

By Terence Hale | 12 October 2012 5:32 PM

To my comment:

By Terence Hale | 12 October 2012 5:46 PM

I usually don't, but on this occasion, I agree with Wilders.

By Matt | 12 October 2012 6:40 PM

This is beyond parody. Kafka would have thrown his pen down in disbelief. Orwell would have shot himself in disgust and Swift would have given up satire. The circle is complete and we should all just sit and wait for the end; the madmen who rule us are declared sane and we the ruled are all crazy.

By Ellis | 12 October 2012 10:11 PM

I thought this was a weird decision by the Nobel committee, but if it irritates Wilders there must be something good in it.

By Louise | 13 October 2012 8:54 AM

I believe any non-European can understand EU doesn't deserve the prize. It seems as some sort of self-pity.

By Chen | 13 October 2012 10:25 AM

if there could be a more ridiculous awarding of this prize then to Obama before he even did anything (last time around), then this is it. the EU is a major economic disaster; poorly planned, extremely poorly organized and not thought through in any way whatsoever. A black hole of out of control debt, creating class separation and poverty throughout southern Europe. the world is becoming a very strange place to me: poorly performing managers and leaders are rewarded and given awards, apparently because this is the best we have at the moment. sometimes your best is just not good enough, dearest EU.

By Bill | 13 October 2012 1:10 PM

I utterly disagree with the perspective of this article. I differ in Geert Wilder's speech but I agree with him in his critic of this prize. I see it as a really cruel joke.
It's quite ironic that the same group which is asphyxiating southern countries with debts and cuts in public services is at the same time getting a prize for promoting peace within its borders. Economic war is also a war, and there are also victims in it.
Nobel prize has definitely lost all his meaning. First was Kissinger, then Obama and now the EU. Who will be next? Maybe even Mr. Wilders manage to win the trophy!

By Ricardo | 13 October 2012 5:04 PM

The fact that only Wilders has come out and said it's laughable is again another masterstroke by the guy. I've read comments and opinion from Uk Telegraph (posh / highbrow) through to Daily Mail (cor!! Has she had them enlarged from C's to DDs rag), and the opinion is unanimous.

It IS laughable!

If none of the other politicians are prepared to at least pretend to be in touch with the people, Wilders influence, or at least his appearance to have thoughts that reflect the man in the street, will glean him support due to empathy alone.

By Alistair Wiseman | 13 October 2012 9:40 PM

Come on. Who doesn't think for a minute this is a bad joke, or wishful thinking? It was said it's in light of the 60 years of peace since WW2 (or something like that) but have they forgotten about the cold war years? What about Serbia in the 90's? It appears this prize is given as a gift to whomever the committee desires or likes, as was the case with giving it to Obama for doing nothing at all.

By DH | 15 October 2012 8:45 AM

Should have been the 'Nobel Fraud Prize'.. a lot more fitting!!

By The visitor | 15 October 2012 4:47 PM

awarding this prize to a venture which has caused so much trouble and uncertainty throughout Europe and the entire financial world takes away all the credibility of the prize itself.

By Diane | 16 October 2012 1:01 PM

Wilders is absolutely right.

By woods | 16 October 2012 3:25 PM

EU must stand firm. EU is only meaningful if it fights to the end for what she believes. Turn this crisis as an opportunity to refine the structure of EU and make EU stronger and brighter.

By ufo | 17 October 2012 8:48 AM

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