Merkel was tipped to win Nobel Peace Prize..excuse me whilst I puke..


German chancellor Angela Merkel is being tipped as a frontrunner to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced in Oslo later today.

Ms Merkel is believed to be in the running for her stance on the refugee crisis sweeping Europe.

It is an extraordinary turnaround for a woman who just a few months ago was being vilified for her tough line on the Greek economic crisis.

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989 Ms Merkel, an East German, was famously in the sauna when she heard the news.

The young physicist later crossed over to the West to celebrate, but was back at her desk ready for work early the next morning.

This story of what Ms Merkel was doing the night the Wall fell has been told and retold as a way of highlighting the characteristics that appear to define the chancellor and head of the centre-right CDU party — hard-working, no-nonsense, analytical.

“She is quite an atypical modern politician in some ways,” says Thomas Raines, coordinator of the Europe program at the London think-tank Chatham House.

“She’s not on social media, some of the normal things you might associate with a very powerful politician. She’s quite humble, she’s pragmatic, and seen as a rational decision maker.”

Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis has seen Ms Merkel effectively throw Germany’s doors open to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers.

“Merkel, Merkel,” they chanted in Greece, Serbia and Hungary — the chancellor a beacon of hope on a long and difficult journey.

When they flooded into Munich train station in the days following her announcement she did not flinch.

Despite growing domestic pressure she has not backed down since.

“I was very surprised, because for her it was a very emotional statement,” says Stephan Fischer, political correspondent with Der Spiegel Online.

“She is very invested in this issue and that’s quite interesting, because in the years before she was pragmatic in her government style.”

“This was an extremely bold gesture,” Thomas Raines from Chatham House agrees.

“She’s really trying to drag German public opinion and the rest of Europe public opinion along with her.”

Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favorites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday’s announcement.

The Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was named as a leading contender for the $972,000 prize by Norway’s state broadcaster NRK and by Nobeliana, a website run by historians who specialize in tracking the award.

NRK said Pope Francis’ opposition to nuclear weapons boosted his chances, alongside his help in brokering a deal between the United States and Cuba, and his encyclical on climate change. Nobeliana mentioned his calls for social justice.

Both organizations also highlighted Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, while Nobeliana picked out Sumitero Taniguchi, a survivor of the atomic attack on Nagasaki.

NRK, which has correctly predicted a number of winners, mentioned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as contenders for concluding a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Private broadcaster TV2 reported that they, and probably an EU representative, were considered in the final round of deliberations by the committee which is due to announce the winner at 0900 GMT.

Pundits also named a list of other contenders, including Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, for their efforts to put an end to the war that has blighted Colombia for five decades.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai and the mayor of the Italian island of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, have also been named widely because of their work dealing with the refugee crisis.

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and its editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, known for their investigations into corruption, and Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who helps victims of sexual violence, have also been mentioned by commentators.

Around 273 individuals and organizations have been nominated by past winners, political leaders and other dignitaries.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on an alliance of four Tunisian civil society groups for their efforts to foster democracy in the nation that gave birth to the Arab Spring.

The quartet of groups, including a labor union with about one million members, has worked to advance democracy in Tunisia, which still struggles with unrest but has made relative strides toward reforms even as other Arab Spring nations face greater violence, instability and the reemergence of dictatorships.

The civil society groups provided a critical bridge for dialogue and political compromises as Tunisia’s democracy appeared in danger of collapse following the 2013 assassination of two leftist politicians.

The groups organized a dialogue between Islamists who dominated the government and opposition and secular activists, helping to ease the deep polarization that has torn apart other countries in the wake of the Arab Spring upheavals.


thank god common sense prevailed and merkel missed out..instead we get arab spring organisers..*sigh


~ by seeker401 on October 11, 2015.

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