Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and a philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism has doubts about the current state of affairs in the European Union. He sees a need for more cooperation and more democracy - that is what one can take away from his latest speech. In Belgium he proceeded to give a lecture titled "Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis" - his first public talk on European politics in many years.

One of the attendees was President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, who has been heavily involved in combating the eurozone crisis.

Need for solidarity
"If we want to maintain the common currency, it's not enough to grant credit to individual insolvent countries in order to put them back on their feet," explained Habermas. "Instead, what we need is solidarity and a cooperative approach that results from a shared political perspective."

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