AEGEE International Politics Journal

The Nobel Peace Prize 2012

The last days were a little strange. Issues at work, AEGEE, and exams.. But within AEGEE “work”, I had to search and find a theme for the article on blog. First time I am writing and I have no idea how to start on, nor I found something to write and above all, would the article be good at the end? I hope so!

While I was not sure that I will find a topic and sure that I will miss the deadline, at an annual party of AEGEE-Patra, I found it! On a wall in the bar I saw that!

And I wonder, did the EU deserved this award?

Almost 20 years after the Treaty of Maastricht, while the global economic crisis and particularly European crisis is shaking the foundations of the Union -for the first time in history in such a great extent, EU has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, making many laugh ironically and especially people of southern Europe.

The truth is that since the World War II there was no war between EU member states. Perhaps the longest peacetime in European history. But only among them.

Peace should be promoted to not-EU countries too. Time to time, the policies of the Union led to war our neighbour countries. Did we forget the war in Yugoslavia, perhaps Cyprus too? Shouldn’t the Member States have denied their involvement in the wars of the U.S.A. and NATO against Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? As for those who would object saying that it was for the establishment of peace and democracy in the region, one I have to say: The war does not stop by war. Violence only violence can bring. It’s like saying, in order to stop a fire in the forest, you must hurry up and burn all the trees!

In order to promote Peace, there should not be any form of violence, or at least that violence being punished. But, if I remember well in Portugal, Greece and Spain during the demonstrations in recent years against the austerities, protesters have been killed and thousands injured by hand of Police. The state repression in all its glory, in a form of an authoritarian regime. But wait, you will say, the EU is founded on the principles of Democracy. I agree completely! But I wonder how democratic is leaders of other countries making decisions instead of the legally elected, and I do not think any Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek or Cypriot voted Fr. Hollande, or An. Merkel and W. Schäuble to represent them. What about the social violence and the high confrontation between social classes, like poor vs rich and anarchists vs neonazies, or racism in minorities such as gypsies and immigrants from Muslim countries. Even the non-free option of people to follow their own decisions and policies are a form of violence, perhaps more psychological but still very strong.

Apart from all this I think EU has taken important steps in this, but not enough to win a prize as ambassadors of peace. From the other hand, we have got used in awarding other prominent figures such as Henry A. Kissinger, who played an important role in establishing dictatorships such as that of the Colonels in Greece in ’67 and Augusto J. R. Pinochet Ugarte in ’73 in Chile, why EU should bother us?




Thanks for reading,
Christos Gkagkas,

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