Thorbjørn Johansen is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party, currently serving as the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. He is also the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and as such responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize.
It’s this form of nepotism which brings disrepute on the Nobel prize and the EU. They simply fail to grasp how other nations view what the get up to. It was a little nauseating to say the least watching them all congratulating themselves when accepting the peace prize. Then those awful speeches as if they the un-elected leaders of a bureaucratic entity spoke for the peoples of Europe.
I don’t believe the EU has prevented war in Europe. It failed to influence anything during the break up of Yugoslavia or elsewhere in the world. What has prevented Germany from starting another European war was what happened after 1945, the occupation, democratisation of German and the subsequent prosperity Western Germany enjoyed on the back of the Marshal Plan. The communists did the rest in the eastern sector.