Interesting news... The EU is this years winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. See the announcement on the Nobel Prize committee web site.
As a European I feel a bit proud about that, I dare to admit. Indeed, the EU is a highly successful project for bringing peace, common understanding and wealth to the people in Europe.
It is true that the EU currently undergoes quite a stress test given the difficult financial situation. The Nobe Prize may also be an encouragement for European, for politicians and the people, not to give up but move on solving the issues.
Does the EU have some potential beyond Europe. Perhaps yes, perhaps it can be a model for other regions in the world for bringing peoples and different cultures together within a common framework. Who knows....