OUR HABIT OF APPROACHING POLITICS ONLY ‘FROM ABOVE’

‘It’s time for the young to speak up for Europe’ was title of Timothy Garton Ash’s piece on the comment page of Guardian Weekly 12 December 2014. For someone who has lately advocated that constructing democracy anew is a necessity Ash’s argument is relevant in three respects. First, the basic problem he is addressing is as crucial at the national level as it is in context of the EU and secondly, his approach to the generational divide is pertinent also as regards the relation of citizens to politicians. However, in terms of political practise his message is unsatisfactory.

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