Nobel Peace Prize

EU can be an example for Asia

The Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union reminds us what is important and inspiring about the idea of Europe. Photo: Xinhua

The European Union must seem a strange kind of beast to many Asians. And given their disgraceful handling of the financial crisis, especially compared to the better-off economies in the East, euro-zone politicians are not held in high esteem.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 3:56am

The EU deserves the Nobel for democracy push

The EU deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing democracy and human rights. Photo: AP

Maybe they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union because they couldn't think of anybody else. Nelson Mandela already has one. So does Aung San Suu Kyi. Even Barack Obama has one, though what for is not exactly clear. So who's left? We'll just give it to the EU. Nobody will notice that.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Peace Prize? We're in a financial war, say Europeans

Angela Merkel prepares to deliver her statement on the Peace Prize. Photo: EPA

"Is this a joke?" said Chrisoula Panagiotidi, 36, an Athens beautician, laughing derisively upon hearing that the European Union had won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.

Three days ago she lost her job, becoming one of the one-in-four Greeks who is unemployed in the fifth year of a recession.

13 Oct 2012 - 11:30am

EU wins Nobel Peace Prize for uniting continent

European flags in front of the European Commission in Brussels. Photo: AFP

The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace, democracy and human rights over six decades in an award seen as a morale boost.

12 Oct 2012 - 8:00pm 2 comments

Nobel prize awarded to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

Thomas Perlmann of Karolinska Institute presents Sir John B Gurdon of Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan as winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology, in Stockholm, on Monday. Photo: AP

British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering that specialised cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells.

8 Oct 2012 - 9:02pm

Gurdon, Yamanaka win Nobel medicine prize

British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialised cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells – a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Guessing starts on who among 231 nominees will win Nobel Peace Prize

Thein Sein

Early October means it's time for the annual Nobel Prize announcements and frenzied guessing over possible winners, with 231 peace prize nominees rumoured to range from former German chancellor Helmut Kohl to burqa opponent Sima Samar and US scholar Gene Sharp.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:24am

Suu Kyi meets Obama, receives medal from Congress

Aung San Suu Kyi receives a Congressional Gold Medal from House Speaker John Boehner (left), lawmaker Nancy Pelosi (centre) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo: AFP

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met US President Barack Obama at the White House and received the highest congressional award on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A good week for ...

Amanda Knox

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Peace Prize a step towards Liu's democracy's cause?

For many years after market reform started in the early 1980s, the people and government of the People's Republic waited impatiently for their first Nobel Prize to glorify their scientific and literary advancements.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

UN chief's silence on Liu Xiaobo troubling

Despite much criticism of the effectiveness of the United Nations, it still serves as a trans-national symbol of peace and human rights because of its historical background and admirable objectives at the time of its founding.

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Lawmakers take Liu campaign to world

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong are taking the campaign for the release of jailed mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo to the world stage, inviting Nobel Prize laureates from different countries to issue a unified call for his freedom.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Noble sentiment

The Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo marks the first time this award has been bestowed on a serving prison inmate since the Nobel committee granted the 1935 prize to Carl von Ossietzky, a German journalist and pacifist. While Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest when she received the award in 1991 and the Dalai Lama was in exile when he was honoured, in 1989, neither was in prison.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

five Ws


Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He was elected in November 2008, 12 days before the nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the fourth US president to win the prize.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


List is good news for HK universities

While I do agree with John Hone that there may be an English language bias in the compilation of the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings, it is inaccurate for him to claim that the rankings are 'largely based on published research in the English language' ('College list is not representative', October 10).

13 Oct 2009 - 12:00am