Arguably at the most critical moment in it’s entire history, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. While the political elite indulges in the predictable “thank you, we are so honored” speeches, people in the comment sections, facebook friends and everyone opinionated thought of it as a bad joke: (taking some literary licence here):
"This is laughable. Obama didn’t deserve it last year, and now the Prize just became a joke." - "The EU, seriously? All they do is causing crisis, the Euro crisis, for example." - "At least some money to give to Greece, huh?"
I don’t get the hate. Sure, it’s the sledgehammer argument to say that the EU stands for 60 years of peace in the EU territory, but yet I think that people underestimate it. See, my parents each lost their fathers in WWII. I’m older now than any of my grandfathers when they died. It feels incredibly weird to have in a way *outlived* them.
Yes, the EU has many flaws. Yes, it’s not really democratic. Yes, Greece, Spain, the Euro, OMG, yes, yes, yes. I’m still blogging, so the crisis can’t be that severe, right?
But still, the basic idea is worth pursuing. In general, the Nobel Peace Prize is a good sign pointing in a good direction. In a globalized world, Nationalism isn’t going to get us anywhere. The EU is at least an attempt to bring democracy to a transnational level. It needs every bit of hope we can put into it.