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Latest update : 2012-12-12

The European Union, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

The European Union has been presented with the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. It was awarded in recognition of how the 27-member bloc has helped transform a divided post-war Europe into a peaceful and united continent. Yet some feel the EU is not a worthy recipient, complaining that it manufactures and exports weapons, while others blame it for the economic woes of their country.

By Pauline GODART , Kate WILLIAMS

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