Brussels - Commenting on news that the European Union has today won the Nobel Peace Prize, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said:
A villager protesting against the land-grabbing in Papua New Guinea. Europe is increasingly plundering fish, timber and other resources from outside its borders.
"The union has helped cement peace in Europe over the last sixty years. But with climate change and other grave environmental pressures threatening to become major new sources of conflict, we now look to Europe’s leaders to play a truly transformative role on the environmental stage, within and beyond its borders. The bloc has won this prize for deeds in the past. Through future actions, it must prove it deserves it."
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