The prize once discerned to Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama, went to the European Union on 12 October. The economic and political union of 27 nations and 500 million citizens was awarded for its 67 years of preserving peace - a nod to the enlargement policies to the Balkans and Turkey - and for other fun words such as ‘reconciliation’ and ‘democracy’, though they missed out the 'animosity' that the EU has also provoked between its member states all the while. Whilst cafebabel.com welcomes the good news, our network of pan-Europeans want to say that not everything is rosy. This award is rather a recognition of the EU’s past as opposed to its present and future; some commentators have suggested that the reward money should go to offsetting EU debt and unemployment (25 million or 11.4% in the EU have no jobs). So, to capture the mood correctly, here are our winners for the Anti-Nobel Prize this year – and the people we should be paying attention to
Je viens du sud de la France. J'aime les traditions. Mon père a été traumatisé par Séville 82 contre les Allemands au foot. J'ai du mal avec les Anglais au rugby. J'adore le jambon-beurre. Je n'ai jamais fait Erasmus. Autant vous dire que c'était mal barré.
Et pourtant, je suis rédacteur en chef du meilleur magazine sur l'Europe du monde.