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this, as when they go to the voting booths. Experts cannot and should not try to relieve them of this.“ In Kantner's view, this bond between the citizen and the political arena must not be undermined by the experts, who tend all too easily to view themselves as “shortcuts“ in the complicated process of forming democratic opinions and wishes based on representative democratic processes. Allowing them to do so would be equivalent to disenfranchising the citizenry. Kantner is convinced that there is indeed a transnational form of public communication about European topics. That in turn makes it important for this public form of communication to have a systematized, constitutionally guaranteed place in the political system of the EU. European identity in the classical sense of a normative history with a joint character can only emerge in the democratic political process: “Whatever we do today in Europe and whether we have been big-hearted or egotistical, courageous or timid in our dealings with one another in view of the great problems of our time, will be determined by the history which we look back on tomorrow and which we will recall with pride or shame,“ says Kantner. Modern societies are no longer based on traditions handed down from generation to generation or on religious convictions. Rather, societies today integrate themselves - as is also the case transnationally today in the EU - via the differences of opinion concerning the widest range of

topics. “We must learn from ourselves what binds us and gives us direction,“ says Kantner. Over long periods of time, this will be the seedbed of a new, common history. One of the basic issues of democracy is to take care that power in fact remains with parliaments - whether national or European - meaning with the people. “The social groundwork for this has already been laid.“ Jens Eber / amg

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