Related to the point about Habermas and the European public sphere
: just learnt about an interesting website, Café Babel
. This is their mission (according to the website):
Welcome to cafebabel.com, the first multilingual European current affairs magazine, designed for readers across borders. Cafebabel.com revolutionises European media through participatory journalism, providing a unique platform of expression for all citizens.
Café babel’s aim is to stimulate and develop European public opinion through two distinct but closely related missions. The online magazine – cafebabel.com – offers every week analyses of current affairs from a unique, European perspective. Secondly, at grassroots level café babel’s network, actively promotes this perspective through debates, conferences and other events organised in towns and cities across Europe.
Café Babel has a network of local teams across Europe and I recently met the person who is responsible for the activities in Brussels. So far they have no local team in Scandinavia but hopefully that will be sorted out soon. Check out the website if you want to know more, the idea supposedly started among a group of Erasmus-students and for the sake of better European public debate, I wish them good luck.