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John Peterson's take on the EU's Nobel Prize

Professor John Peterson offers analysis on the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU.

"Why now?", asks John Peterson in an analysis piece that appeared in The Scotsman on 13 October. Why did the Nobel Prize committee decide, in the midst of an economic crisis that is destabilising the EU, to award that body its (in)famous Peace Prize?

John's answer: "Maybe for two reasons. First, if the EU didn’t exist, we would need to invent something like it. Second, because European unity is valuable, underappreciated and fragile." John goes on to label the EU as "the most successful experiment in international co-operation in human history."

John is Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh and is a leading academic authority on the EU. He is pictured below with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

JP and Barroso