Reaction as EU wins Peace Prize

Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:46am EDT
 
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.

Following are reactions to the award:

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT HERMAN VAN ROMPUY

"We are all very proud that the efforts of the EU for keeping the peace in Europe are rewarded.

"Europe got through two civil wars in the 20th century and we have established peace thanks to the European Union. So the European Union is the biggest peacemaker in history."

EU ECONOMIC AND MONETARY AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER OLLI REHN

"Despite some gloom in the economy in Europe, still this is a great day for Europe. This Nobel Peace Prize has apparently been awarded for the contribution of the European Union over the past 60 years to the peace and reconciliation and democracy and human rights. I am very proud of these European values which are also universal human values. This is a proud day for every European."

PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MARTIN SCHULZ

"This Nobel Peace Prize is for all EU citizens. We in the European Parliament are deeply touched. The European Union has reunited the continent through peaceful means and brought arch enemies together. This historic act of reunification has been rightfully recognized.   Continued...