The crisis-hit European Union, Belarusian or Russian human rights activists, or a non-violent protest theorist whose ideas inspired the Arab Spring? Speculation ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement is rife. The Norwegian Nobel Committee that awards the prize had 231 individuals and organisations on its top-secret list, with the laureate to be revealed in Oslo at 11:00 am (0900 GMT). The field of possible winners has long appeared wide open, but by late Thursday, observers were circling around a few key picks, with Europe at the forefront of the speculation. The usually well-informed public broadcaster NRK suggested on the eve of the big announcement that the committee this year appeared set to finally hand the prize to the EU, 60 years after the birth of its predecessor, the European Coal and Steel Community, which helped bring peace and stability to a continent freshly ripped apart by war. The broadcaster also cited the continued struggle for civil rights in former … [Read more...] about Nobel Peace Prize to EU or Eastern European activists?