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 a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.
Following are reactions to the award:
FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHL
"It is a wise and far-sighted decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union this year. I am very pleased at this decision. The Nobel Peace Prize 2012 for the EU is above all a confirmation for the European peace project.
"It is also encouragement for all of us, to continue on the path to a united Europe, that is to say, to stick to the ever closer ties on our continent and to develop Europe despite some difficulties and problems which must yet be overcome.
"As Europeans we all have reason to be proud today. I am proud, and I wish for God's blessing for us on our further path to a united Europe."
FORMER EUROPEAN COMMISSION CHIEF JACQUES DELORS
"Europe carries on despite the crises. It's not a long calm river, but it is consolidating.
"I think all the heads of state and populations will take this award as an encouragement. I am very emotional. The last three decades have been very difficult." Continued...