The Observatory

Socioeconomic changes such as demographic trends and the emergence of new forms of employment present major challenges for the member states of the European Union. In Europe, these topics are discussed at the national level, within various member states, as well at the supra-national level. Individual member states develop a variety of policy concepts and initiatives to meet these challenges. As a consequence, a number of interesting strategies have evolved. Learning about other countries’ approaches provides an asset for the German situation.

This is where the Observatory for Sociopolitical Developments in Europe comes into the picture. It analyses sociopolitical trends, both in EU member states and at European level, and studies their impact on Germany. It functions as mediator between the national and the European level providing a forum for dialogue and communication between key sociopolitical actors by continuously monitoring and comparing current political, academic and practical debates, it aims at disseminating information about European and cross-border developments as well as trends here in Germany.


The Observatory for Sociopolitical Developments in Europe is a project of the Institute for Social Work and Social Education (ISS). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). From January 2010 until July 2014 the observatory was a common project of the German Association for Public and Private Welfare e. V. (DV) and the ISS e.V.

  
Please find further information on the predecessor project "Observatory for the Development of Social Services in Europe" here.