Habermas weighs in on Merkel’s poll-driven politics

Over at Delliberately Considered, Tim Rosenkranz reports on a recent piece by Jurgen Habermas in a German news magazine in which he excoriates the German Chancellor for her  “opinion-poll dominated opportunism.”

While the article focused on the problem of European integration and the continuing democracy deficit of the institutional frame of the European Union, Jürgen Habermas points his finger at significant systemic problems of today’s democratic political process – between civil society, the public sphere, political elites and the media-sphere – the problem being the loss of larger political projects in a process driven by the short-term politics of public opinion polls.

Read the piece here.