German philosopher Jurgen Habermas has called for greater inclusion to fight the democratic deficit in the European Union which he slammed as an “elite project.”

Speaking during the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens on Tuesday, the 84-year intellectual, an avid supporter of European integration, also defended debt-hit Greece’s place in the common currency area.

“I do not think that Greece’s euro exit would be a good idea economically or politically,” Habermas said.

The congress wraps up on Saturday.