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EU rebuffs critics as it accepts Nobel peace prize

European Union (EU) representatives President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (L-R) hold the Nobel Peace Prize certificate and medal after they accepted it on behalf of the EU during a ceremony at City Hall in Oslo December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

European Union (EU) representatives President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (L-R) hold the Nobel Peace Prize certificate and...more

European Union (EU) representatives President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (L-R) hold the Nobel Peace Prize certificate and medal after they accepted it on behalf of the EU during a ceremony at City Hall in Oslo December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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European leaders and dignitaries stand in the City Hall in Oslo prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Jung /NTB scanpix

European leaders and dignitaries stand in the City Hall in Oslo prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Jung /NTB scanpix

European leaders and dignitaries stand in the City Hall in Oslo prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Jung /NTB scanpix
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) is greeted by Oslo mayor Fabian Stang outside the City Hall, prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, in Oslo December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB Scanpix

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) is greeted by Oslo mayor Fabian Stang outside the City Hall, prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, in Oslo December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB Scanpix

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) is greeted by Oslo mayor Fabian Stang outside the City Hall, prior to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, in Oslo December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB Scanpix
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The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU country members' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU country members' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU country members' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU member countries' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU member countries' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The building of the European Parliament is seen decorated with the slogan "Your peace, Your prize, Nobel 2012", written in EU member countries' languages in Strasbourg December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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