The European Union


The European Union

Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats

9781788111041 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Professor of European Law and Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Legal Science (2015–2018), Stockholm University, Anna Michalski, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden, Niklas Nilsson, Assistant Professor, Department of Military Studies, Swedish Defence University and Lars Oxelheim, Professor, School of Business and Law, University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm and Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), Lund, Sweden
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78811 104 1 Extent: 264 pp
This book addresses the challenges presented to the EU by an increasingly complex security environment. Through the interdisciplinary approach taken, researchers in economics, law and political science identify a range of problems relating to the multiple security threats that the EU faces, and present new means to address them within their respective fields of expertise. The contributions provide accessible and policy-relevant analyses of crucial challenges to the EU’s ability to function as a political union in the years ahead.

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Security in the European Union (EU) is an increasingly complex problem, with the spectre of disintegration looming over the Eurozone, and the threat of terrorism, insecurity and the long-term sustainability of food supply and fresh water reaching levels of crisis. This interdisciplinary book provides a unique insight into the multiple security threats that the EU is facing, and gives readers invaluable information about the challenges these pose to the Union.

With contributions from scholars of economics, law and political science, The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary security problems for the EU. Focusing on the latter end of the 2010s, this book examines in great detail the impact that developments in the rest of the world have had on the Union’s vulnerable state. Among the key contemporary issues examined are the migration crisis exacerbated by the conflicts in Syria and Libya, the increasingly strained relationship between the EU and Russia as well as the changing circumstances in the EU–US relationship brought on by Donald Trump’s presidency.

Tapping into the internal and external causes and impacts of security problems in the EU, this book offers important policy ideas for the future of the Union. It constitutes a vital read for policy makers and advisors in the EU, as well as for scholars of European political science, economics, and law.

Contributors: A. Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, N. Bremberg, M. Eriksson, J. Gullstrand, C. Jörgensen, C. Magnusson Sjöberg, A. Michalski, N. Nilsson, G. Noll,I. Österdahl, L. Oxelheim, C. Parker, T. Persson, R. Svensson, C. Wagnsson, S. Widmalm


1. The EU and the growing number of complex security threats
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna Michalski, Niklas Nilsson and Lars Oxelheim

2. The EU and the European security community: history and current challenges
Niklas Bremberg

3. After Lisbon: The new legal framework for the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy
Inger Österdahl

4. Sanctions and the security policy environment from a European perspective
Mikael Eriksson

5. The EU’s civilian crisis management capacity and the challenge of trust
Sten Widmalm, Thomas Persson and Charles Parker

6. Food security in Europe
Joakim Gullstrand and Christian Jörgensen

7. The threats against innovation-based growth in the EU
Roger Svensson

8. Threats to personal data security: how does the EU protect its citizens?
Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg

9. Security in a liberal union: EU asylum and migration control policies
Gregor Noll

10. Europe: take on your responsibilities
Charlotte Wagnsson

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