Winning a Nobel Prize is somewhat amazing. But, not every single people deserve to be bestowed; it only deserves for those who has really done and achieved something great hence contributing in developing world.
But 2012 Nobel Peace Prize is indeed different. It was awarded to European Union. When it was announced, it seems like something strange was happening: why should the EU who received the award?
Usually, the award is bestowed to people who gives their best effort in contribute in shaping a peaceful world. Su Kyi was the one example who shows the whole world how her tirelessness effort to make a democratic Myanmar. Thus, she really deserved to get the award. How about the EU?
Based upon the justification made when the award was announced, there are several reasons used to justify the decision. First of all, in the past six decades, EU has been contributing in making a peaceful world by preventing further conflicts within its territory. Second, in regard of building a democratic society, EU has been considered significantly contributing either by the fall of the Berlin wall or when Eastern European countries were received to join the Union.
It is true that within its own territory, EU has contributed significantly to improve the condition hence EU can be used as a hallmark of a peaceful society. But, how about the condition right now when EU has to face its internal turmoil within its own territory?
Greece, Spain, Italy are three countries who are facing economic downturn nowadays. Countries which have good prospect in economic condition may say that they are now living peacefully. But, how is the condition for people living in Greece and Spain?
It is less than one week when German Chancellor visited Greece. As can be easily predicted, her visit to Greece sparked protests among the citizens.
German has been long accused for giving a bad recipe to Greece in regard of economic crisis. Austerity package, which should be bore by the Greece citizens, is considered as too heavy. They then blame German as the source of such nightmare since it is German who does seem lead the Europe right now and then chooses the right path that should be taken by Greece –and any other EU members- in order to get a bailout from the European financial system in economic crisis.
In Spain, Catalonia demands for independence from Spain. With Spain that is still facing economic down turn nowadays, such demand is also getting stronger and attracts more sympathizers. In this case, Spain is now facing two mode of instability: economic and politic. In regard of these two examples, is it true that the Peace Prize should be made uncontested?
Objection towards this explanation may arise. First of all, in regard of Greece, the objection is about dissimilarity about the sphere. Greece crisis is about economic down turn and not having any business with Peace Prize. Second objection can be raised in regard of time. The objector may say that it is about timing which does not suit perfectly because of economic crisis faced by EU.
But, in order to make stability and peace, people should consider economic, aside from political perspective. A country cannot build a peaceful society without having any good policies about economic. Should a government let its citizens go to sleep with starvation? If it is the case, it is the turmoil that will arise and not the peaceful one. People are going to conduct demonstration since they regard the government has failed to protect their basic rights, namely providing them with sufficient means to be able to live properly.
In EU case, it may be said that it is the failure of Greece government in managing its financial system. But, does the rest of EU members give their solidarity upon Greece and help it to get out from the crisis? What does seem from the Greek people is actually the opposite: the condition is getting worse for them.
Furthermore, in regard of timing, should the award be taken back once Greece decides to leave Europe or Catalonia takes its independence? Nobel Peace Prize committee should learn that there is no certainty about what will be happening next days. Once EU fails to strengthen its bind among its members and eventually shows that the members leave it because they do no longer feel any comfort within the organizations, Nobel Peace Prize committee should feel sorry in regard of the case.
Giving an award to EU is indeed controversial but once announced, it cannot be taken back. But in the future, Nobel Peace Prize committee should consider more carefully regarding those who really deserves to be bestowed by the prize. If it still makes the same mistakes, Nobel Peace Prize can be considered as merely a joke.