LONDON (SHARECAST) - The Nobel Committee has confirmed that the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
"The stabilising part played by the European Union has helped to transform a once torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace," Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in Oslo.
"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," he said.
Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman won the prize last year, Chinese dissidebt Liu Xiaobo won in 2010, and US President Barack Obama won two years ago.