The EU's External Relations

Research Project

Project manager: Jakob Lewander

The role of EU as a security actor has expanded ever since the treaty of Maastricht. As clarifies by the treaties, national security lies within the exclusive competence of the member states, yet the role of the EU has swiftly gained ground in bordering policy areas such as internal security, civilian protection, crisis management and counterterrorism.

The research project deals with a number of areas connecting to EU cooperation on security. What kind on...

Project managers: Jakob Lewander och Jonas Eriksson

There has been an ambition among the EU Member States to increase the Union’s weight as an international player, one rationale being to safeguarde the European social model in an ever globalising world. In this research project, SIEPS takes an interdisciplinary perspective on the issue of the EU’s global role, where the Union’s desire to be a global leader is...

Timeframe: 2010-2016
Project manager: Christophe Hillion

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has led to profound institutional and material changes regarding the decision-making system of the EU, in particular as regards how the EU acts vis-à-vis the outside world. The project is a continuation of previous research conducted by SIEPS on the EU’s international role by analysing the overall changes...

Time frame: 2009-2016
Project managers: Christophe Hillion and Göran von Sydow

The five enlargements have led to a Union of 28 Member States and almost 500 million inhabitants. Croatia’s accession mid-2013 confirms that the enlargement process is still in progress. Also a number of other candidate states or potential candidates are...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Anna Michalski

During a long period of time, the EU has been described as a normative global actor who applies soft instruments. This idea has in the Lisbon Strategy been followed up by a stated ambition to use the EU's weight in the international arena to secure European interests linked to the survival of a European model of society in an increasingly globalized world.

The project aims to highlight the EU's development as a global actor and to examine how and in what forums the EU's will translate...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Ulrika Stavlöt

The project has studied the economic consequences of bilateral and regional trade agreements and employed a method previously not used in the EU context.

The purpose has been to examine whether trade flows increase more for goods where the parties joining a free trade area have comparative advantages. The European Union can be seen as a regional trade agreement, since it lowers non tariff barriers.

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Fredrik Langdal and Göran von Sydow

The concept of borders is to be understood not only in a narrow sense, such as lines drawn on a map marking the physical frontiers between territories, but is also to be understood culturally, socially, politically and economically.

This project raises important empirical, normative and theoretical questions such as whether or not the borders of the EU should be soft or hard and what type of...