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

  • Social policy without politics? Social Europe between de-politicization and economization

    Social policy without politics? Social Europe between de-politicization and economization

    Re-establishing the legitimacy of the European project and overcoming its (in)famous “democratic deficit” require – among other things – the re-politicization of the relationship between the economic and the social.

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  • 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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  • Free movement and migration in the EU - Infographic series

    Free movement and migration in the EU - Infographic series

    Do Europeans prefer that their governments or that EU institutions deal with non-European immigration fluxes? It all depends on the country…

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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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  • European Welfare Solidarity in Focus: High Support for European Social Safety Net

    European Welfare Solidarity in Focus: High Support for European Social Safety Net

    Europeans exhibit strong approval for the EU to support vulnerable individuals with little differences in approval rates between countries.

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