However shaky the European Union is today, whatever its deficiencies, it still deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, for its contributions to peace over decades.
As Thorbjorn Jagland,
the former Norwegian prime minister stated in announcing the award:
“The stabilizing part played by the E.U. has helped to transform most of
Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.”
With the glaring exception of the Civil War, caused by failing to
resolve the issue of slavery in our Constitution, our federal system has
generally kept peace among the states for over 200 years. We can only
hope for the continued success of the European Union in keeping the
peace on that continent as well.