What do you think about the current hoo-haw over Habermas giving aid and comfort to an apparent anti-semite? Also his essay (with approval by Derrida) on the spontaneous growth of Euro-consciousness? I prefer Zizek.
Today we know that many political traditions that claim authority by virtue of being natural, in reality are “discovered.” In contrast to those, a European identity born in under public scrutiny would appear constructed from the very start. But only that which is constructed by arbitrary will [Willkuer] is flawed by virtue of being arbitrary [Beliebigkeit]. A political-ethical will that operates through the hermeneutics of the processes of self-understanding is not an arbitrary will. The difference between those inheritances that we accept and those we reject requires as much prudence [Umsicht, also circumspection] as the decision regarding the variations in how we take on our inheritance. Historical experiences require a conscious appropriation if they are to have identity-creating power.