The Nobel Prize, then what?
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The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU has sparked a mixture of enthusiasm and of criticism which needs to be put into perspective. This is the purpose of this Viewpoint of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute by Yves Bertoncini and António Vitorino, which is based on three main complementary observations:
1 - It is right to welcome the historic job of reconciliation initiated by the European construction.
2 - The euro zone, set up to consolidate peace, is more than ever a factor for stability.
3 - We now need to move on from "peace in unity" to "unity is strength".
The European elections in June 2014 will be a key moment in this perspective, 100 years after the start of "World War I" – which was also one of the last great episodes of carnage on European soil, thanks to the founding fathers' political genius.