Nobel Prize for the European Union? Rightly so!` Cover Image

Nobel dla Unii Europejskiej? Jak najbardziej
Nobel Prize for the European Union? Rightly so!`

Author(s): Roman Kuźniar
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: No-one will ever attempt to detract from the organisations cited by Anton Bebler. The strength, the uniqueness and the beauty of the European Union lie precisely in that it combines the advantages of all those bodies, being simultaneously like a NATO, a mini-UN, a Council of Europe and many others. And this is why Europe is now the most humane place under the sun – in terms of peace, security, development level, social solidarity, and respect for human rights and liberties. This is why the EU is seen as an example in other regions of the world, attempting to emulate it with varying degrees of success. And this is why—the crisis notwithstanding—the EU is still in demand, with no shortage of candidates willing to join. Just suffice it to imagine a Europe without the EU—whether 25 years ago or today. Or, perhaps, better not think about it. But if A. Bebler did just that, I trust that he would look at the Oslo decision as less controversial, and perhaps even might accept it. The post-communist societies are best positioned to appreciate that choice, and they do not need any fine scales to weigh up the pros and cons. To me, the decision is long overdue, especially remembering the award’s many other laureates. In fact, there should be two Nobel Peace Prizes for the European Communities/European Union. One (which should have been awarded long ago) for peace within its borders; and the other for working towards peace around the world.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 105-111
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish