Borders of the new EU - possibilities and challenges

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 stabilizing strategies the EU should implement towards countries in its neighbourhood. The Turkish accession negotiations, due to start during the year, is an excellent example of the latter question.