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Yves Bertoncini

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European Union and Citizens

The Nobel Prize, then what?

on December 17, 2012, 09:54
Tribune - Yves Bertoncini and António Vitorino

© European Parliament

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.

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