Observatory Observatory Focus 16/07/2018 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’. Today we see some promising ideas with potential popular support, but no available carrier. Re-solidarizing Europe and defusing the crisis Maurizio Ferrera - Carlo Burelli Intellectual Europe Review 09/07/2018 The German framing of the problem of the EMU and the EU is often described and criticized as an obsession with "order". In fact, the economic policy doctrine of "ordo liberalism" that was canonized by committed protestant professors and politicians in the early post-war period of the Federal Republic is inspired by the deep intuition that a stable and robust social order is best built when rules are irreversibly put in place and decisions and discretionary interventions - be it by corporate actors or political authorities - are banned or kept to a minimum. Order in the Eurozone - A dialogue between Claus Offe and Maurizio Ferrera Maurizio Ferrera - Claus Offe Focus Niccolò Donati 15/06/2018 The European Commission proposed to substantially change the allocation of different spending priorities. In general, the EU budget will reinforce the existing thematic priorities in the field of research, environmental policies, youth policies, migration and borders, security and external action. MMF - Proposal for a stronger Europe? Focus Pamela Pansardi - Piero Tortola 04/06/2018 Our overall findings thus offer further support to the diffuse observations of a politicization of the ECB also in terms of the way its Presidents have started communicating with the public. The politicization of the European Central Bank: A more charismatic actor? Focus Giulia Bistagnino - Maurizio Ferrera 28/05/2018 Effectively responding to the existing negative emotions (fear, resentment, etc.) directed towards European institutions and essential to the rise of the populist movements requires a new commitment on new premises, a renewed regime of equal respect, equal dignity and political equality. The European Union as a project of 'recognition'