Far from being a morale booster at a time of austerity, today’s Nobel award is a grim reminder of just what bad times the European vision has fallen on, debased by the unresolved euro crisis. But the Nobel is awarded for what the recipient has done abroad – and today, there is no European foreign policy today to speak of. The best Nobels go to brave individuals and institutions that defy their times and peers to open a path to peace. This Nobel seems a bizarre and sentimental tribute to Europe’s past that further shames its present. Only a Nobel for economics would have seemed stranger.
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