The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union in recognition for its work in keeping peace on the continent over the last 60 years.
Founded in 1952 in the aftermath of World War 2, the European Union initially comprised of six nations, headed by France and Germany, under the less-catchier umbrella title of ‘The European Coal and Steel Community’. Today, in its present form, membership currently numbers 27 countries, including Great Britain, which finally joined in 1973.
While there has been much debate of late over the effectiveness of the EU, particularly in respect to the Eurozone Crisis which is presently plaguing its member states, the award of the prize reflects the many significant advances made within the Union in terms of diplomacy and reconciliation between formerly historic and traditional enemies, as well as its work on helping improving democracy and human rights not just in Europe, but across the rest of the globe as well.
The Library is an accredited European Documentation Centre and contains a vast store of information about the European Union among our shelves. There’s also a wide variety of free leaflets for you to take home from our display next to the Level 2 Information Desk. Why not have a browse next time you’re down there?