BERLIN (AP) – Prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas said on Sunday he would not accept an expensive United Arab Emirates literary prize reversing an earlier decision.
The 91-year-old, considered Germany’s most prominent modern philosopher, told the German news site Spiegel Online that “I declared myself willing to accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. It was a wrong decision, which I hereby correct. ”
In the statement, which his publisher Suhrkamp Verlag passed on to Spiegel Online, Habermas added “I did not make clear enough to myself the very close connection between the institution that awards these prizes in Abu Dhabi and the existing political system there. ”
The Zayed Book Award website states that Habermas was named ”
It says that the winners in each of the eight categories of the prize will be awarded a prize of 750,000 UAE dirhams ($ 204,200).