Monday, November 28, 2011
Habermas on the death of the EUGeorg Diez reports for Spiegel Online on Habermas, the Last European: A Philosopher's Mission to Save the EU 11/25/2011:
Enough already! Europe is his project. It is the project of his generation.Habermas is Germany's leading public philosopher and the best-known living representative of the "Frankfurt School" of critical theory. He has also been passionately pro-European, i.e., in favor of the European Union. He is upset about the current state of affairs, which promises to wreck the whole thing in a matter of weeks, or even days.
Habermas harshes on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her junior partner in the destruction of European unity, French President Nicolas Sarkozy:
[Habermas quote:] "On July 22, 2011, (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel and (French President) Nicolas Sarkozy agreed to a vague compromise -- which is certainly open to interpretation -- between German economic liberalism and French etatism," he writes. "All signs indicate that they would both like to transform the executive federalism enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty into an intergovernmental supremacy of the European Council that runs contrary to the spirit of the agreement."Diez' article gives us a good sketch of Habermas' reputation and how his position on the EU fits into Habermas' outlook.
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