The European parliament is about to become noisier, more unruly, more confusing and more difficult to deal with as a result of the European elections.

A surge in support for populist anti-European parties on the right and the left in countries such as the UK, France and Greece will leave the 751-member assembly without any clear majority on either side of the political spectrum. Read more

It seems a bit strange for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to an institution, rather than a person, but there is no doubt in my mind that the European Union deserves to be praised for its contribution to peace and freedom.

It’s not a question of having kept the Soviet Union at bay during the Cold War, or even of having promoted peace in Africa and the Middle East – although the EU has done its fair share of the latter. Its real contribution has been to healing the internal wounds of the European continent, where the 20th century saw the bloodiest wars the world has ever seen. Read more