The Nobel Prize for Literature is often given to old lags who haven’t written anything for decades. That explains the peace prize for the EU.

As a Europhile with a personal history built on european co-operation, I applaud the recognition given to its past role in uniting what can be a dark and dangerous continent. It was especially the Franco-German leadership that put aside profound enmity and replaced it with a prosperous and genuine rapprochement. If you think that was easy then please read this and this.

But right now most Europeans would argue it’s failing in that task and possibly making it worse. At my most charitable I would interpret this award as a call for action and a reminder of the EU’s historic mission rather than a compliment to the current appalling leadership.