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Nobel Peace Prize 2012

2012-12-12

"At a time when Europe is undergoing great difficulties, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to call to mind what the European Union means for peace in Europe." It was the opening sentence of the Award ceremony Speech presented by the Chairman of the Committee. "Europe needs to move forward", we read later on in his speech. As has been the intention for several years, the Nobel Peace Prize is meant to encourage rather than to praise. Not everybody was pleased with the choice of the Committee this year. Still, the leaders of the European Union and all 27 member states need encouragement and a call to wisdom. Attached is the lecture pronounced by the President of the European Council and the Chairman of the European Commission. It makes interesting reading, if only for its diplomatic,political correctness. I would like to add the names of Robert Schuman, the true father of Europe, who from his deep faith in Christ, launched Europe on the profoundly Christian foundations of RECONCILIATION-SOLIDARITY-UNITY; and the names of Pope-John II and Lech Walesa, who - through the first Free Trade Union SOLIDARNOSC - organised the peaceful revolution by which Europe could be re-united. Let us not forget: the Revolution of 1989 was the first true and succesful revolution in Europe`s history, as it was done in the spirit of Christ.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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