With their recent, barely comprehensible decision, the members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee have shown a good sense of humour and comic timing, as well as a healthy dose of self-confidence, in bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize on the European Union at a time when it is facing some of the greatest social unrest since the end of the Second World War because of the euro careening out of control.
The Nobel Prize for Unrest, if it existed, would be understandable. But the Nobel Peace Prize? That is pushing it, although the Nobel judges cannot be accused of having lost their sense of reality completely – after all they did not try to foist the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences onto the EU.
Hope not reality
Perhaps the judges in Oslo decided to make do with the desire for peace. Everyone is for peace in Brussels, or at least pays lip-service to such a conviction. Just like Obama. Yet both Nobel Peace Prize winners have been found somewhat lacking when it comes to making those desires reality. The US President has not managed to bring under control the blazes kindled by his predecessor, especially in the Middle East, while the EU has its hands full with the euro crisis.
It is fortunate that Nobel Peace Prizes cannot be withdrawn. The eurocrats do not need to worry about this, as long as the number of Europeans killed and injured by the euro disaster remains far below the equivalent figures for Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama. Presuming, of course, that double standards are not applied (in which Brussels incidentally excels).
Blind to misery
But naturally the demonstrators and police officers injured almost on a daily basis and residents of the eurozone in the south who saw no alternative to suicide – more than a hundred in Greece alone – after losing their livelihood should not detract from pride at having been granted such an award.
Why should it worry the fat eurocrats in their ivory tower in Brussels if Greek mothers have no choice but to deliver their children to emergency children’s homes because of their financial straits? And what does it matter that the unpopularity of the Germans in Greece today is fast approaching that of 70 years ago, the more the country is showered with transfer payments, guarantees and other pleasantries (one of the many contradictions of the European Union)?
However, perhaps the judges in Oslo simply turned a blind eye to the euro issue when making their decision. That theory, however, seems rather somewhat farfetched, since the euro can be regarded as something like the culmination of the disastrous wrong path taken in Maastricht, as the pièce de résistance of the real existing EU, as the reflection of the brain power and realism of its creators and leaders: the euro and the Barroso EU go together as well as the hard deutschmark and Germany once did.
A nod and a wink?
The only possibility remains that the Barroso, Rompuy and Schulz triumvirate has simply been awarded the prize to fortify them in the attempt to save everything that can be saved, perhaps even peace. Yet so far they and their cronies Juncker and Draghi, aside from constant efforts to win time with taxpayer money from northern eurozone countries and trick their residents out of a few more euros, have done nothing deserving of being lent encouragement by a Nobel Prize.
Anyone handing the award to such people – unless desirous of being awarded the “Order against Seriousness” – can only be intent on further accelerating the calamitous process of disintegration – until the bitter end parts us from our valiant Nobel Peace Prize holders, which may not be such a bad idea.
Enough is enough is enough
Anger, exasperation and despair are driving Greeks, Portuguese and Spaniards to the streets in increasing numbers, in occasionally violent protest against the harsh austerity measures imposed on the debt-stricken countries as part of EU-funded deals. A general strike in Greece last week saw taxi-drivers, doctors, teachers and air-traffic controllers join tens of thousands of protesters across the country, while in Spain and Portugal trade unions have called for a general strike on 14 November. A protest in Madrid is pictured.