EU accepts Nobel Peace prize

Rome gets special nod in Van Rompuy speech

EU accepts Nobel Peace prize

Oslo, December 10 - The 2012 Nobel Peace prize was awarded to the European Union on Friday, with leaders stressing the important role of Italy in its formation. In accepting the prize on behalf of all 27 member nations, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy mentioned the Treaty of Rome, which in 1957 laid the foundation for the future European Union. Last week a short EU documentary in honor of the prize made no mention of Italy, to the outrage of Italian politicians. "The leaders of six states met in Rome, 'la Citta' Eterna' (Eternal City), to begin a new future," said Van Rompuy, joined by European Commission President Jose' Manuel Barroso. Italy, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and West Germany were the original signatories. The 54-year-old organisation won the Nobel for advancing peace and reconciliation in Europe since WWII. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest economic crisis in its history, with many members battling recession amid the euro's financial woes. The last organisation to get the award was Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Frontiers), who won in 1999.

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