Europe through War and Peace: A Nobel Prize and an Uncertain Future
On December 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee will award its 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union (EU) for its contributions in transforming Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace.” After centuries of generating internal and external conflicts, Europe is now a force for global stability, especially through its peacekeeping, development aid and the strengthening of global governance. However, critics have claimed that human rights activists around the world are more deserving, and the American military presence in Europe after World War II should get the real credit for making reconciliation and unification in Europe possible. Moreover, the EU is currently gripped by an economic crisis that threatens its social and political stability.
On December 7, the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted a discussion on the European Union’s Nobel Prize, and war and peace on the European continent featuring Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Kagan and EU Ambassador João Vale de Almeida. Brookings Senior Fellow and CUSE Director of Research Justin Vaïsse moderated the discussion.
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[Trump] didn't say one word about Ukraine and he had to be briefed on this stuff. The only person to say that the United States says the annexation of Crimea wasn't legal and disagrees with Russia was the president of Russia. The overall contrast [with Trump's criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the EU earlier in the trip] coupled with Trump's inability to say Russia had done anything to contribute to the downturn of US-Russia relations, either way it's scary. Either he forgot there's a problem or he wasn't willing. He would have had no problem listing his grievances against Germany, but against Putin, he's not capable of saying anything.