“In the months leading up to World War II, there was a tendency among many Americans to talk absently about the trouble in Europe. Nothing that happened an ocean away seemed very threatening” – Gene Tierney
The ailing dream of a United States Of Europe has been given an unexpected boost courtesy of the Nobel Prize steering committee:
Sky news reports:
The EU has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, as the bloc faces its greatest internal crisis since it was established in the 1950s.
The 27-nation group was praised for rebuilding Europe after World War II and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said it had been crucial in the transformation of a “once torn Europe from a continent of wars to a continent of peace”.
“Over a seventy-year period, Germany and France had fought three wars. Today war between Germany and France is unthinkable,” he said in Oslo.”
He then continued with a few thoughts about the possible collapse of the European Union and the likelihood of history repeating itself:
He added: “This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward,” he said, saying it was a reminder of what would be lost “if the union is allowed to collapse”.
In other words, right after explaining how unthinkable a war in Europe was, he then went on to think about it.
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said on Twitter: “It is a great honour for the whole of the EU, all 500 million citizens.” One European citizen who was consulted in Greece by Sky News seemed to flatly contradict this analysis:
“Is this a joke?” asked Chrisoula Panagiotidi, 36, a beautician who lost her job three days ago, “it’s the last thing I would expect. It mocks us and what we are going through right now. All it will do is infuriate people here.”.
Meanwhile recent calls for the European Union to be allowed a democratically elected president have been married to a document which also contains terrifying demands for a new European army:
Last month’s Telegraph reported:
Europe’s most powerful countries call for elected EU president
In a document released on Tuesday after a meeting between 11 foreign ministers in Warsaw, the bloc, which includes all the largest European countries outside Britain, charted a vision for the “future of Europe”.
As well as calling for a single, elected head of state for Europe, the bloc demanded a new defence policy, under the control of a new pan-EU foreign ministry commanded by Baroness Ashton, which “could eventually involve a European army”.
In order to “prevent one single member state from being able to obstruct initiatives”, a reference to British opposition to a European army, the German-led grouping demanded an end to existing national vetoes over foreign and defence policy.
This would give the EU the power to impose a decision on Britain if it is supported by a majority of other countries.
The plan, which has the backing of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal the plan, is likely to fuel calls for a British referendum on membership of the European Union.