The 2014 European Parliament elections: will the selection of the European Commission President cause the revival of democracy?

Ever since the first footsteps towards cooperation on the European continent after World War II, a chamber has been in place which represented the citizens of the member states participating in the European integration project. However, only since 1979 this chamber has been directly elected by the citizens of the EU member states. This novelty…

The Public Sphere (IV)

The public sphere should be the centre of rational debate, but it has become a spectacle for a stultified populace. How did it come to this and what is to be done? Our guiding thread will be Jürgen Habermas’s The structural transformation of the public sphere. To examine the troubles of the public we need…

The Public Sphere (III)

I. The pub(lic sphere) Imagine for a moment a small pub on a Friday evening. A group of friends sit around a table sharing stories of their busy work week, chuckling and smiling while sipping on their well-deserved beers. Meanwhile, a muted television screen broadcasting a local news channel hangs above the group of friends…