"In his lecture Habermas will elaborate on the question whether and how a democracy can be established that is not grounded in a nation-state. The European Union is a construct that is at once supranational and situated above the organisational level of a state. However, this construct is not supposed to enjoy either a monopoly on the legitimate use of force or ultimate decision-making authority. Can such a union satisfy the standards of democratic legitimacy that we are familiar with from nation-states?"
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