The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize® was awarded to the European Union and this film is to illustrate the development over the last 60 years. This is the international version of the video without titles.
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||Soundbite (English) Winston Churchill
We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We must build a kind of United States of Europe.
||Soundbite (Italian) Alcide De Gasperi
The European Community means peace between France and Germany, and reduction of national egoisms.
||Vox pop (French) Claude Barouh (Paris)
Being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is actually being given a mission, one to promote peace, the notion of peace, wherever possible.
||Soundbite (French) Robert Schuman
Europe was not created. That is why we had the war. Europe won't be created in one go. It will be created by means of concrete achievements.
||Vox pop (German) Ludwig Küster (Berlin)
Personally, I would be very upset if Europe were damaged during these critical times. We have problems but we nevertheless stick together as it has a great value. That's what this prize means to me.
||Soundbite (French) Joseph Bech
Why did we really want to create Europe right after the Second World War?
||Vox pop (Polish) Cezary Szczepaniuk (Warsaw)
Countries fought each other during WWI and WWII, there were brutal military conflicts, but that is impossible today. I couldn't pick a gun up now and fight a friend from Germany or France. It's not possible.
||Soundbite (French) Jean Monnet
This first common market, these first supranational institutions mean Europe is starting to unite.
||Vox pop (French) Cecilia Belmar Soto (Madrid)
This Nobel Peace Prize acts as a uniting factor at a time when the economy could actually mean "economic war".
||Soundbite (French) Paul-Henri Spaak
Come on, look back for a moment! Ask yourselves how Europe looked like fifty years ago.
||Vox pop (French) Lara Marx (Paris)
Solidarity is being rather sorely tested at the moment but it's true that it may be a good idea to remember that, unlike our parents and grandparents, we haven't experienced war.
||Soundbite (German) Walter Hallstein
Only with a strong, united Europe can the Europeans, and the world, really prosper.
||Vox pop (German) Wolfgang Dittrich (Berlin)
Since the Wall came down I've felt I'm finally living at the right time, because the building of the Wall was a negative turning point in my life.
||Soundbite (English) Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Warmly welcome to our family. Our new Europe is born.
||Soundbite (French) Jacques Delors
Europe hasn't been created just for us but for all European countries. Opening our arms to these countries is wonderful, it's letting our heart speak.
||Vox pop (Polish) Maria Cyran (Warsaw)
We can live normally, we don't have to be afraid of anything. We may get to know the rest of the world.
||Soundbite (French) Bronislaw Geremek
1st May 2004, I was among all those who were moved to tears because it was such a symbolic moment. Our return to the community of nations, where Poland had to find its place.
||Vox pop (Polish) Katarzyna Marciniszyn (Warsaw)
I am very proud of this and I would like all young people, in fact not only the young but everyone in Poland, to feel as proud as I am.
||Vox pop (Bosnian) Muamer Mekić (Sarajevo)
I am thirty years old and, as a child, I survived this war. I have never visited Europe and I would like to visit Europe and be a European citizen. I would like to see how people live there. That would be a great feeling.
||Soundbite (English) George Papandreou
We have today been able to give a very clear message to the Western Balkans: they will become part of our family.
||Vox pop (Bosnian) Almedina Mehmetović
I was very small when I lost my mother during the war. Some things you can never forget but we have to look ahead, because of our children, because of Bosnia and Herzegovina, because of the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
||Soundbite (French) Simone Veil
We will never be reminded enough of how much this peace, now so deeply rooted, is a revolution compared to a history of never-ending, dramatic and bloody conflicts.
||Vox pop (German) Gabriele Weingartner (Berlin)
All I can say is... carry on fighting with peaceful means so that Europe remains united. I love Europe.