Jürgen Habermas, one of Germany’s well-known philosophers, announced that he would not accept the Sheikh Zayed Book Award given by the United Arab Emirates.
Habermas, who previously expressed that he would accept the award, but took a step back after the reactions from the German media, stated that he would not accept the award this time.
In a statement he sent to Habermas Spiegel magazine, he said, “I had announced that I would accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. This was a wrong decision, I am correcting my decision here. I did not have a clear idea that the institution that gave this award and the existing political system there is very close.”
Jürgen Habermas was awarded the “Cultural Personality of the Year” award.
The prize of 225,000 euros was planned to be given in Abu Dhabi on 23 May.