Jürgen Habermas: The Crisis of the European Union
An informal discussion of the recent book The Crisis of the European Union by Jürgen Habermas, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt, which debates the future of the European Union at a time when its very existence has been threatened by the Eurozone crisis.
Drawing on his analysis of European unification as a process in which international treaties have progressively taken on features of a democratic constitution, Habermas explains why the current proposals to transform the system of European governance into one of executive federalism is a mistake. His central argument is that the European project must realize its democratic potential by evolving from an international into a cosmopolitan community.
Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Natacha Postel-Vinay, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics
Dr Jure Vidmar, Law Faculty, University of Oxford
Praise for The Crisis of the European Union
"One of Europe's most prominent intellectuals, a social political theorist of the highest standing. In pinpointing the lack of democratic participation, he builds a case that Europe's leaders will sooner or later have to answer."