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Nobel 2009: Obama a (Premature) Icon of Peace – Headlines from Europe

Shock and surprise – but not necessarily dismay – have spread across the world after the announcement that Barack Obama is to be awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The first French translation we’ve posted on the subject is from France’s Rue 89.

For the Rue 89, Pierre Haski writes in part:

“We salute the intention, the bold words and perhaps mostly the man himself and his journey … Did jurors want to give Obama a boost in his difficult battle over to reform of the U.S. health care system, which has seen him compared to Hitler or Satan? Or did they simply feel that having ‘broken’ with the Bush era was in itself historically significant? In any case, much ink will be spilled over this Nobel Prize because it is so surprising that it shocks. And even with all the sympathy inspired by the winner, it begs questions.”

Here’s some of the other Nobel content we’ve posted today:

For Barack Obama, Nobel Prize More of a Burden than an Honor (Der Spiegel, Germany)

‘Absurd Decision’ on President Barack Obama Makes Mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize (The Times, U.K.)

NTV NEWS VIDEO, KENYA: ‘Yes He Can and Yes He Did’ Win the Nobel Prize

FRANCE 24 NEWS VIDEO: Does Barack Obama Deserve Nobel Peace Prize?

RUSSIA TODAY NEWS VIDEO: Nobel Peace Prize for Obama a ‘Big Mistake’

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Nobel Prize Chairman Defends Award to Obama

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Israeli President Peres Praises Award

BBC NEWS VIDEO: After Mandela and Tutu, South Africans Applaud Obama 2009 Peace Prize Victory

BBC NEWS AUDIO: IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei Says ‘No One More Worthy’ than Barack Obama

By Pierre Haski*

Translated By Sandrine Ageorges

October 9, 2009

France – Rue 89 – Original Article (French)
To general surprise, President Obama was rewarded. “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

It’s a Nobel Academy surprise: On Friday, Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, barely eight months after his arrival at the White House.

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