Reaction as EU wins Peace Prize
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:
MARTIN CALLANAN, LEADER OF THE EUROSCEPTIC CONSERVATIVES AND REFORMISTS PARTY IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
"The Nobel committee is a little late for an April fools joke. Twenty years ago this prize would have been sycophantic but maybe more justified. Today it is downright out of touch.
"Presumably this prize is for the peace and harmony on the streets of Athens and Madrid.
"The EU's policies have exacerbated the fallout of the financial crisis and led to social unrest that we haven't seen for a generation.
"The Nobel Peace Prize was devalued when it was given to newly-elected Barack Obama. By giving the prize to the EU the Nobel committee has undermined the excellent work of the other deserving winners of this prize."
FREDERIK HEFFERMEHL, OUTSPOKEN NORWEIGAN CRITIC OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
"This is the most striking example of the prize having been appropriated by the Norwegian political elite. The elite have no interest in Nobel." Continued...