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Nobel Peace Prize - the right decision

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06.10.2017

It was clear that the Nobel committee would not be able to get around the issue of nuclear weapons this year. Not when North Korea is testing long-range missiles that can transport nuclear warheads halfway around the globe. Not when US President Donald Trump responds by pouring oil on the fire and threatening Pyongyang with total destruction. Not when the painstakingly-negotiated Iran nuclear deal is looking increasingly fragile because that same president doesn't like it, even if he can't articulate exactly why. Now more than ever, the issue of nuclear weapons is at the forefront of global society.

Favorites for this year's prize were those involved in the Iran nuclear deal – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, for example, or EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini. But such a choice was not without flaws. The nuclear deal has contributed greatly to global stability, even if some ideologues refuse to acknowledge it. But Zarif is part of a regime in which torture, illegal jailings and executions are part of the daily reality.

DW's Martin Muno

Realpolitik over vision

Giving the nod instead to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is the less problematic choice, and the right one. The prize is going to

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