Dec 10

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EU to collect Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the EU

The presidents of the EU’s three main institutions will shortly collect the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

The EU was awarded the prize for its role in uniting the continent after two world wars.

Critics say the award is inappropriate. They point out that the eurozone crisis has exposed deep divisions in the 27-nation bloc.

Most national leaders will be at the event, but not the UK’s David Cameron.

The British prime minister’s deputy, Nick Clegg – a longstanding advocate of the European project – will be at the ceremony.

The prize will be received jointly by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

Four young Europeans, selected through an open EU competition, will be in the delegation with equal status alongside the politicians.

The European Commission, which drafts EU laws, says the Nobel Prize money – about 930,000 euros (£755,000; $1.2m) – “will be allocated to children that are most in need”.

The BBC’s Europe correspondent Chris Morris says there has been a barrage of criticism – from Eurosceptics, peace activists and former winners of the prize.

Many of them question whether the EU should be given such an honour at a time when record unemployment and tough austerity policies, supported by European institutions, are causing serious social tensions in several member states.

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