Tracking the ideas, discourse and politics of social Europe

Observatory

Monitoring political developments in the area of social Europe

Data

Collecting systematic information on social Europe

Concept

Mapping the political divides of social Europe

  • Re-solidarizing Europe and defusing the crisis

    Re-solidarizing Europe and defusing the crisis

    In the run-up to the German elections in 2017, Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble repeatedly stated that in EU politics “this is no time for visions”. We disagree. As famously argued by Max Weber, world images and visions can sometimes operate as switchmen, channelling historical developments towards new directions. But ideas need political ‘carriers’.

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  • Germany and Europe - A dialogue between Claus Offe and Maurizio Ferrera

    Germany and Europe - A dialogue between Claus Offe and Maurizio Ferrera

    The monetary regime of the Euro under which 19 very diverse national economies within the EU now live and operate is dysfunctional. It does not serve its alleged and promised purpose of convergence but does the exact opposite. It is economically and politically divisive: some participants win, others lose, and the gap becomes wider.

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  • The Battle of Ideas on the Euro Crisis through the lenses of ECB Inter-Meeting Speeches

    The Battle of Ideas on the Euro Crisis through the lenses of ECB Inter-Meeting Speeches

    The narrative on sovereign debt issues has changed from being focused on the benefits from fiscal consolidation to highlighting the importance of addressing systemic risk and financial fragmentation in the EMU.

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  • Against Euroscepticism: practice, don't preach the EU

    Against Euroscepticism: practice, don't preach the EU

    This article elaborates the multidimensional concept of “EU-politanism”, which refers to respondent’s connections with citizens of other countries and their familiarity with the EU context. In recent Italian elections, voters with EU-politan experiences expressed less extreme positions on the EU and immigration.

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  • Why Europeans see immigration as a bad thing

    Why Europeans see immigration as a bad thing

    A majority of Europeans see mass migration as a threat to their personal lives. But why?

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