EU Nobel peace award sparks fiery online backlash

Oct 13, 2012
A European Union flag flies in Berlin. The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the crisis-torn EU has sparked a stunned Twitter backlash, many reacting with derision and anger, although some web users came to its defence.

The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the crisis-torn EU on Friday sparked a stunned Twitter backlash, many reacting with derision and anger, although some web users came to its defence.

"Let's forget about #Malala & peers, brave community workers, prisoners of conscience, & give the Nobel Peace Prize to, drumroll, the EU," one person from Egypt named @RawahBadrawi said.

Malala is the 14-year-old girl campaigning for education rights who this week was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan, sparking worldwide outrage.

Explaining this year's prize decision, Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland pointed to the three wars fought between Germany and France in the past, which he said was "unthinkable" today.

"This shows how, through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners," he said, adding the union and its forerunners had advanced democracy and human rights.

But many on wondered why the prize was given to a union of states currently wracked by a severe financial crisis, which has led to high unemployment and violent protests in some countries.

"Anti-austerity protests in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy & France, Nationalism, Fascism, unemployment and poverty. Yeah EU deserves it!" @AnonOpGreece said on Twitter.

Some however leapt to defend the Nobel committee, including one netizen from the Maldives, which has been racked by political turmoil and violent demonstrations over the past year.

"Congrats #EU for the well-deserved #Nobel 4 championing democracy. Hope this emboldens your efforts to restore democracy in the Maldives," @shafeeu said.

"Today's # has the potential to move minds. Europeans may remember that it's not only the economy, stupid! (No offense Bill)," another named @jonashelseth said, alluding to a well-known phrase from former US president Bill Clinton's campaign.

On a more practical level, many on Twitter wondered who would be picking up the and where the eight million Swedish kronor ($1.2 million, 930,940 euros) would go.

"Does the prize money go to the EU? Perhaps they can use it toward the Spanish bailout," @jbarro said.

"Do I get a share of the Nobel Prize money and do I get it twice since I am bi-european now?" @ntlk joked.

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Squirrel
5 / 5 (2) Oct 13, 2012
The status of the other Nobel prizes has been tarnished. At present a real risk exists of civil war in Spain with Catalonia that is directly due to the Euro--which in Spain like in the most of the EU occurred without the democratic due process of a referendum.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (3) Oct 13, 2012
EU is a Rothschild creation, as have been most wars defining European history. Being able to print whatever quantity of funds are necessary for belligerent and unnecessary war is the hallmark of politicians raised and addicted to bankster funny money like a crack addict, creating the inevitable crash after they've moved back into private industry.
gopher65
5 / 5 (2) Oct 13, 2012
Note that the Nobel Peace Prize is a *separate* prize from the science prizes. It was always a garbage prize that was randomly given out to people or organizations that happened to be on the mind of the particular committee who gives out that prize.

The science prizes were established separately, funded separately, and based on a fairly strict criteria. They are quite different.

I really dislike that they mixed the peace prize in with the real Nobel prizes, instead of setting it up as its own thing.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Oct 13, 2012
The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the crisis-torn EU on Friday sparked a stunned Twitter backlash, many reacting with derision and anger, although some web users came to its defence.


"defence"?

ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (4) Oct 13, 2012
The status of the other Nobel prizes has been tarnished.

How can this be any worse than giving Arafat or Obama a prize?
mysticfree
3 / 5 (2) Oct 13, 2012
Congratulations to the European Union for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. A special thanks to Germany for behaving all these years.

So, 500 million people get to split 1.2 million euros ... before taxes. Hmmm. Just a thought but have you all considered spending it in wild abandonment while visiting Greece? I can't promise that it will make a difference.
VendicarD
5 / 5 (1) Oct 13, 2012
Well, of course Arafat deserved it.

"How can this be any worse than giving Arafat or Obama a prize?" - RyggTard

VendicarD
5 / 5 (3) Oct 13, 2012
Conservative Americans see themselves as the enemies of the E.U. so the whining complaints are hardly surprising.
dirk_bruere
5 / 5 (2) Oct 14, 2012
Despite all the faults of the EU, it is better than the Europe of the past 1000 years. The 20th century saw some 70m European dead in wars and pogroms. Which puts whining about Brussels bureaucrats into perspective.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Oct 15, 2012

Ultimately, this article is simply about some EU citizens who actually thought to voice their opinion of the matter on twitter
--as if that would in any way matter.

In other words, this article is about nothing.