Our colleague Herman Goossens pointed out that “millions of Europeans are questioning what the European Union does for them” and invited the community to “shout about the European Union’s successes” (Nature 542:273). A short answer was given by the Nobel Committee in 2012 when it awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union that “for over 6 decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” As a matter of fact, great contributions to science and society have been made in Europe, for example, by CERN through advances in particle physics and the development of the World Wide Web, the Groupe Spécial Mobile, to develop the GSM telecommunication standard, the combination of which enabled the widespread use of the Internet and mobile telephones, by Ariane with rockets for the exploration of space, or Airbus with aircrafts for airline transportation, to name only a few.
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King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 1924 – 2015
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