|The European Union flags flutter in front of EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 12, 2012. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union on Friday. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)|
BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- When the Norway-based Nobel committee announced granting this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU) on Friday, some of the press and media audience started booing.
The first reaction of Czech President Vaclav Klaus to the news was that "It was a hoax, a joke." The Atlantic monthly said on its website that "a sneering tone was detectable."
The public of Greece and Spain, both deeply mired in a sovereign debt crisis, were even irritated by the prize, deeming it a satire to their broken countries.
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