Sunday 21 January 2018

James Downey: Nobel Prize may serve to refocus our minds on value that union brings

THE committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize has made some rather bizarre decisions in the past. It has given what is probably the world's greatest honour to some of the wrong people, at the wrong time, excluding some of the most worthy and leaving onlookers puzzled about its reasons.

Has it picked its time badly again by honouring the European Union when the EU is struggling in the toils of the debt crisis and when the common currency, and perhaps even the EU itself, are in danger of dissolution?

Or has it made a smart political move, hinting -- perhaps more than hinting -- that there could hardly be a better time to remind Europe of its achievements and the requirement to make the moves (which implies, the sacrifices) necessary to maintain them?

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