The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union on Friday, October 12 according to The New York Times.
Typically, the Nobel Peace Prize is given to a single person who has stopped or triumphed wars, but was entitled to the European Union because they symbolize peace among countries with conflicting interests. From World Wars to the economic crisis at hand, these countries have had to resolve many issues, reported The New York Times.
However, the EU was also given the Nobel Peace Prize to further establish unity between the drifting countries, according to CNN.
"We want to remind all Europeans about what we have achieved on this continent and that we should not let it start disintegrating again and getting nationalism and extremism grow on this continent," said Jagland, "because we know what that leads to," Jagland said according to CNN. The economic crisis concerning primarily Greece, leaves the other countries muddled. Germany has implemented austerity measures as a solution to Greece's large debt. However, 25,000 people from all over the European Union have protested against these measures. It is disputes among the countries like these, that make many doubt that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded because of its accomplishments or because it would establish a sense of community among the European nations.