NobelUE2012The 2012 Nobel Peace prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) “for over six decades, having contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe” by a unanimous decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

In a survey of  over 25,000 people across Europe, held after the peace prize was awarded, the majority of people in every European country thought that Peace and democracy are the most important achievements of the EU.

In Britain 63% of the people interviewed thought that Peace and democracy was the greatest achievement of the EU. Despite this being a good majority of the people we rated this achievement less highly than most other European countries. Only Cyprus and Greece gave it a lower approval rating than us, but even in these countries it was still well above 50%. To read all the results of this poll click European public opinion

In a recent article entitled ‘We have peace in Europe because of the EU’ published in the Huffington post  Alan Grant (Politics, economics and popular culture writer) said.

‘The success of the European Union has been in establishing a ‘positive peace’. This kind of peace is established when different nations, groups of people or organisations become so vested in the interests of one another, and dependent on mutual cooperation, that the prospect of conflict becomes remote to the point of impossibility.

This is what the European Union has done for the countries of Europe. As part of Europe, we have created a network of institutions, agreements, practices and operations that depend so much on our collaboration and shared efforts that the possibility of violent conflict is no more. There is, of course, ideological conflict, what else could happen when the Brits, the Germans, the Spanish and the Dutch get into the same room to talk politics? But ideological conflict is a good thing; it helps refine ideas, it puts them to the test and prevents stagnation. It is constructive; but violent conflict is not and it is the latter kind of conflict that the European project has helped to make virtually impossible’

He actually said a lot more but this is the most relevant passage. To read the whole article click Huffington post. Also the same sentiments were expressed by David Cameron but I thought you might have heard enough from him by now. If you would like to read what he said then click Dave on Peace in Europe