Blog - Nobel peace prize for the EU

News that the EU has received the Nobel peace prize for transforming Europe from a ‘continent of war’ to a ‘continent of peace’ has understandably caused disbelief in many quarters. Yesterday in Oslo, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande represented Germany and France, while Nick Clegg flew the flag for Britain. David Cameron sensibly stayed away in a week seeing yet another summit for on the Eurozone crisis. The truth is that the economic meltdown in Europe could spark major civil unrest, as Mrs Merkel herself warned only six months ago. The frantic attempts to keep it together are less to do with peace and more to do with perpetuating this ridiculous tower of cards built by self-serving politicians and officials. I can understand the protests against the award. Desmond Tutu, a former recipient, says that the EU is ‘unworthy’. He is right. How can we compare Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev with Herman van Rompuy?