Not since the EU administration conducted their historical bank stress test has the PR-people of Brussel been more busy. A prominent delegation arrived i Oslo, Sunday, to attend the formal ceremony of the Nobel Pease Prize of 2012. And the PR-crew are spinning the event for all that it’s worth! (Whatever that is..). They’ve been uploading YouTube videos, distributing official photos and publishing statements continuously all afternoon. You’ve got them all: Winston Churchill, Robert Schuman, Joseph Bech, Jean Monnet, Paul-Henri Spaak, Walter Hallstein, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Jacques Delors, Bronislaw Geremek, George Papandreou, Simone Veil, happy and optimistic citizens, waving flags and launching fireworks. Personally I find it a bit spooky; it reminds me of the extremely effective propaganda machinery of Adolf Hitler in the early 1940′s.
“The Union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”
(The Nobel Pease Prize Committee)
Herman van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union. The three has attended a press conference at the Nobel Institute in Oslo at 13.00,today, before the Nobel committee meetings and signing of the famous Nobel protocol, tomorrow.
- Chaiman of the EU Council, Herman van Rompuy, thanked Norway and the EU stating that the price is “a celebration of a tremendous accomplishment”.
- President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, believes there is reason to see the Nobel Peace Prize as “a warning to the EU as in Obama case”.
- European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, also thanked the committee and European Union for this achievement. He cliamed this prize is “a proof of the bright future of Europe as a peacekeeper”.
The EU troika will attend to all the official events in the next few days, including greeting of the audience from the balcony of the Grand Hotel.
Following the press conference at 16.00, Sunday evening, protesters took to the streets. According to Reuters around a thousand members of left-wing and human rights groups marched in Oslo to protest against the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.
Around 50 organisations held the torch-lit march on the eve of the award, arguing that the EU is undemocratic and maintains a large military even as its people suffer an economic downturn.
“Alfred Nobel said that the prize should be given those who worked for disarmament,” Elsa-Britt Enger, 70, a representative of Grandmothers for Peace said. “The EU doesn’t do that. It is one of the biggest weapons producers in the world.”
The “ordinary” torchlight march, which is meant as tribute to the Laureate, will be held on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, here’s some more nice EU-propaganda for you:
“European values? What a bold concept. But when ten-year old children explain them to you, using words and phrases of the adults, it’s not only extremely funny. It’s easy-peasy, it’s basic, and it comes so naturally. Peace? Dignity of man? Freedom? Protecting the environment? Fair distribution of income? Have the kiddies tell you what it’s all about.”
Well, here are some other European values…
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