"Peace Prize is a slap on the back for a struggling European Union" is the headline for the CNN story about the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012. Here are excerpts from the press release on the official Nobel site:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
In the inter-war years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made several awards to persons who were seeking reconciliation between Germany and France. Since 1945, that reconciliation has become a reality. The dreadful suffering in World War II demonstrated the need for a new Europe. Over a seventy-year period, Germany and France had fought three wars. Today war between Germany and France is unthinkable. This shows how, through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners.
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The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.
The interdisciplinary Dewey number for the European Union is 341.2422 European Union. At that number is a class-here note for forerunners of the European Union: "Class here . . . European Community, European Economic Community." An example of an interdisciplinary work classed in 341.2422 is Demystifying the European Union: The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration.
At 341.22-341.24 Intergovernmental organizations, in the upward hierarchy for 341.2422, are notes about where to class various aspects of intergovernmental organizations, including a scatter see reference: "For a nonlegal aspect of an intergovernmental organization, see the aspect, e.g., economic aspects of European Union 337.142." As the example indicates, the see reference has hierarchical force. There are also a few notes at 341.2422 European Union, among them a class-elsewhere note: "Class political integration of European Union member states in 320.94." An example of a work classed in 320.94 Political situation and conditions in Europe is Europeanization and National Politics (320.94 is built with 320.9 Political situation and conditions plus T2—4 Europe, following instructions at 320.91-320.99 Geographic treatment and biography). The work has two LCSH: European Union and European Union countries--Politics and government.