Robert Menasse is an Austrian author and public intellectual. His latest novel “Die Hauptstadt” was nominated for the German Book Price.
Save Liberal Democracy: You’re a kind of “in-house intellectual” in Brussels, where the “House of European History” recently opened. What is European historicity?
Menasse: Before we start I have to refute the label “Brussel’s in-house intellectual”! An intellectual always defines him- or herself as a critical institution and the current state of the European Union definitely demands a lot of criticism, especially from those who support the European Idea.