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In Osteuropa 8/2005

A broader way of thinking
Prerequisites of a mature and responsible citizenry in Europe

Ingo Juchler

Deutsche Fassung


The European public sphere that is currently coming into being relies on the ability of citizens to participate in politics in a mature and responsible way. In order to be able to do this, the citizens need the capacity to make political judgements. The most important element needed to demonstrate the capacity to form judgments within a European public sphere is a broader way of thinking, which will make possible political action oriented towards understanding in a wider Europe. It is the task of political education to lay the foundations for this broader kind of thinking.

(Osteuropa 8/2005, pp. 27–38)