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