Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Habermas Blasts the European Elite

Jürgen Habermas believes that there will be no solution to the debt crisis without a prior solution of the deficit crisis--the "democratic deficit," that is:

“The process of European integration, which has always taken place over the heads of the population, has now reached a dead end,” Mr. Habermas said at a forum hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations. “It cannot go any further without switching from its usual administrative mode to one of greater public involvement.”
The political elites “are burying their heads in the sand,” he said, adding, “They are doggedly persisting with their elitist project and the disenfranchisement of the European population.”


bouillaud said...

It is now like an epidemic, many old pundits with high European credentials are saying publicly that "there is something rotten in the kingdom of Europe" and are accusing present leaders (Sarkozy, Merkel, Barroso, Rompuy) of not being up to the task : Michel Rocard, Balladur, H. Kohl, Jacques Delors, Georges Soros, and now the official philosopher of European unification, Habermas.
That's all too easy , the task in reality is clearly impossible, the peoples of Europe are not waiting at all for a Cavour or a Bismarck, and present leaders are the fruit of normal political life on a national basis. Merkel cannot speak directly to the French, and Sarkozy cannot speak to the German. And do not dream of a miracle, younger politicians are as national as the present leaders!

bernard said...

the fact remains that I have no interest in a fiscal overlord that would not be answerable directly to me, ie. that I would not have directly elected. I've already got a baroness, thank you very much.