A new Europe

ノルウェー, 2012年, トルビョルン·ヤーグラン

Last week the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 was awarded to the European Union.

The decision was announced in Oslo by Thorbjørn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Starting at 1:09 (below) he explains how the EU “has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.”

> > > > > > > > > >

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.

In the 1980s, Greece, Spain and Portugal joined the European Union. The introduction of democracy was a condition for their membership.

The fall of the Berlin Wall made EU membership possible for several Central and Eastern European countries, thereby opening a new era in European history. The division between East and West has to a large extent been brought to an end; democracy has been strengthened; many ethnically-based national conflicts have been settled.

> > > > > > > > > >


Thorbjørn Jagland’s mother tongue is Norwegian, which – like English – is a stress-timed language.

 にほんブログ村 英語ブログ ビジネス英語へ

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s