Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, welcoming the decision to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU, said:
“In these tough economic times in Europe, it’s very easy to forget the success the EU has had bringing peace. The European Union was born out centuries of conflict in Europe, including some of the worst carnage ever known in the world, and this reminds us that it has brought peace to our continent for more than fifty years.
“This decision of the Nobel committee has been a ray of sunlight in the dark economic times, and all the EU Leaders should use this award to inspire us to redouble our efforts to tackle problems like youth unemployment. I hope the EU agrees to spend the prize money on initiatives that create jobs for young people.”