Eurooppalainen partituuri eli miksi Eurooppa tarvitsee toisen perustuslain. Kommentti Habermasin artikkeliin

A European partiture, or why Europe needs an other constitution

Habermas defines (in his article elsewhere in this magazine) the European project as a distinction from, on the one hand, neoliberal thinkers who emphasize the sovereignty of market forces, and, on the other hand, euroskeptics, who emphasize the sovereignty of independent states. As a background of his article Habermas makes use of the unheard-of and unseen-of practice of the revolutionary citizens of Paris and the Founding Fathers of Philadelphia. In my article I make the point that the project has, ever since it started, been based on a universalization of a particular European experience into a normative ideal, on the basis of which it has been possible to  make distinctions of value regarding other continents, cultures and jurisdictions. The discussion on a European constitution is a continuation of his tradition.  However, at the same time, in the European tradition there has been a powerful idea of continuous revolution, i.e. the continuous event of the founding of Europe. The answer to the question "Why does Europe need a constitution" does not have to be based on Europe as a universal norm but on Europe as something that is coming. On this basis it is possible to sketch a polyphonic European concert.

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