” the European Union is the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution”

This is what John Hume MEP and MP said, when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for initiating the Northern Ireland peace process.

The full quote is as follows:

“On my first visit to Strasbourg in 1979 as a Member of the European Parlia…

ment, I went for a walk across the bridge from Strasbourg to Kehl. Strasbourg is in France. Kehl is in Germany. They are very close. I stopped in the middle of the bridge and I meditated. There is Germany – there is France. If I had stood on this bridge 30 years before at the end of the Second World War when 25 million people lay dead across our continent and if I had said: ‘Don’t worry. In 30 years time we will all be together in a new Europe, our conflicts and wars will be ended and we will be working together in our common parliament’, I would have been sent to a psy­chiatrist. But it has happened and it is now clear that the European Union is the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution.”John Hume MEP Acceptance speech upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize Oslo, 10 December 1998
(Cartoon: 1992 from Plantu – Source)