12, October, 2012
The awarding today of the Nobel Prize for Peace to the EU is a great recognition of the most prominent peace-making system the world has seen. Europe has experienced the longest period of peace in its more than 2000 years of history.
It is also ironic. The Nobel Prize Committee recognized the six decades of peace that should be celebrated this year as the institutions of the European Community began their work in 1952.
The European Commission did not celebrate the sixty years of its entering in function in August 1952.
The Council did not recognize or celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its first session after the signature of the Europe’s first treaty coming into force. Nor did it celebrate the signature of the European Community Treaty of 18 April 1951!
The European Parliament did not celebrate the first session of the democratic Assembly of the European Community under the presidency of Paul-Henri Spaak.
Secondly, WHY has the EU not fully developed EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community — the means to create a powerful non-proliferation instrument that would prevent nuclear bomb technology turning the world into flames. Robert Schuman whose Proposal created the European Community the core of the present EU, said in 1949 that he was inspired by some aspect of the Nobel Dynamite trust to make sure that such powerful materials should not be misused.
Explosive material such as dynamite owed its existence to coal-tar chemistry. These explosives were far more powerful than gunpowder used up to the beginning of the First World War.
Schuman’s first Community, the European Coal and Steel Community created Europe’s FIRST SINGLE MARKET in coal and steel products. This made the secret production of weapons of war ‘not only unthinkable but materially impossible‘. He provided the most democratic means to run the Community, but this requires that the politicians properly apply the treaties. For example the politicians still need to agree on having fair elections.
Let us hope that the European institutions will now begin to examine their past histories and reverse the disastrous political decisions that reject Community principles.
David Heilbron Price