Friday, October 12, 2012

Outcry Over Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Outcry Over Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Critics are stunned as the coveted award is given to the European Union amid growing turmoil. EU detractors slam Nobel Peace Prize decision, While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics.

To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing quotas. Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU to critics now appears impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.

The vocal anti-EU politicians known as euroskeptics burst into a chorus of disdain.

"First Al Gore, then Obama, now this. Parody is redundant," tweeted Daniel Hannan, a euroskeptic European lawmaker - yes, such things exist - from Britain's Conservative Party. President Barack Obama won the peace prize in 2009, less than a year after he was elected, while Gore, a former U.S. vice president, was the 2007 recipient for his campaign to fight climate change.

Nigel Farage, head of the U.K. Independence Party - which wants Britain to withdraw from the union - called Friday's peace prize "an absolute disgrace."


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