Several days after the European Union received the Nobel peace prize, to much congratulation, self-congratulation and bafflement, its worthiness was still being debated. At the European Development Days conference, which took place in Brussels on 17-18 October, it, unsurprisingly, came up a couple of times. Within the first morning alone, both European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, as well as Development Commisioner, Andris Piebalgs, brought the prize into play.

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