Public Space and the European Project



Piazza del Sole, Posta, Stazione (Bellinzona)The existence and characteristics of a European public space, considered as indispensable in the process of European construction, have been the subject of a debate dating back to the 1950s. Formulated based on the Habermasian concept of Öffentlichkeit (public space), the European public space is considered in turns as having always existed, as being currently under formation, or as impossible to carry out. It has therefore proven to be a shifting concept beset by a permanent process of redefinition.