The European Union (EU), established by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, is a continuation of the European cooperation initiated after the end of the Second World War.
The basic idea underlying the founding of the EU was to draw the countries of Europe into mutual interdependence through greater cooperation. Commitment to binding agreements between members was intended to lessen the likelihood of war and conflict. This increased cooperation has been pursued in depth (by including more and more new members) and in depth (by expanding to more and more political areas). Norway is not a member of the EU, but is closely linked to it through the EEA agreement on economic cooperation, the Schengen Agreement on police cooperation and border controls, and various other agreements. Relations with the EU have become an important component of Norwegian foreign policy.
Learn more about NUPI's research on Europe on the webpage of NUPI European Studies Forum.
EU research at NUPI focuses on questions such as:
- What is happening within EU foreign policy and defence politics?
- How does the EU handle its neighbourhood relations to the Middle East and North Africa?
- How does the EU deal with issues related to energy security?
- How can the EU handle a new global role after the financial crisis?
- What is the role of small states in shaping the EU and its policies?
NUPI has been a member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) since November 2015. TEPSA is the first transeuropean research network. Click here for more information about TEPSA.
News about the eu
Europeans are growing more wary of China, but still welcome many of its contributions.
Publications about the eu
- Publication : KRONIKK
2018This book aims to show practice approaches at work in the fields of European diplomacy and security broadly conceived. It sets out to provide readers with a hands-on sense of where research on social practices and European diplomacy, security and foreign policy currently stands. The book reviews how...
: NUPI Policy Brief
2018This policy brief examines how the British decision to withdraw from the EU has influenced the political debates in and foreign policies of the five Nordic states – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. With the exception of Iceland, all these countries had a stated preference for Britain to...
Research projects about the eu
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The project will look deeper into the New Right in countries such as Russia, the US, and Poland, examining in particular the alternative visions of Western civilisational order that these movements harbour,...
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
This project is mapping the threats and the historical usage of digital weapons against critical infrastructures, as well as examining the problems arising from unclear responsibilities in responding to...
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
Which tools to politicians in the Nordic countries have available to them in a more challenging geopolitical sphere?