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EU Nobel Peace Prize Mocked in British Press

It is a bit rich


British newspapers poured scorn today to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, reflecting economic angst and the country's ambivalence towards its neighbours on "the continent".

"EU have got to be joking!" the Sun tabloid said in a headline, quoting Conservative ex-finance minister Norman Lamont as calling Friday's prize "ridiculous and absurd".

"Nobel peace prize for idiocy," declared the right-wing Daily Mail, beside a photo of protesters in Athens dressing as Nazis while demonstrating against EU-imposed austerity as German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited this week.