The European Union

research programme


The European Union research programme focuses on the EU’s external action, EU’s major development trends as well as its political system and institutional structure.

The EU’s external action – its leadership and decision-making – and the different dimensions of the EU’s global role are studied comprehensively in the programme. Special weight is placed on the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies, neighbourhood and energy security. The nexus of external and internal security is addressed by focusing on terrorism and radicalisation. The regional scope of the programme covers the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods, as well as EU-Turkey relations and the EU’s Arctic policy.

Themes such as the EU’s external economic relations and trade policy, relations with Russia and transatlantic relations are studied mainly in collaboration with other FIIA research programmes. This applies also to the study of Nordic cooperation both within the EU context and in general.

The EU’s major development trends are studied by focusing on the EU’s institutional development and decision-making both in their own right and in relation to the EU’s external action. Key research themes include the EMU reforms, differentiated integration and political implications of Brexit. Trends in the member states’ EU policies, including the rise of populism and Euroscepticism are also examined within this second strand of research. 

The European Union research programme aims to produce high quality analysis, and its activities are geared to support political decision-making and to the wider public. The programme takes part in major European research networks, and continues to expand and reinforce this cooperation.





Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA)

TEPSA, established in 1974 as a Belgian International Association under Belgian Law and the first transeuropean research network, comprises leading research institutes in the field of European affairs throughout Europe, with an office in Brussels. TEPSA’s aim is to provide high quality research on European integration in order to stimulate discussion on policies and political options for Europe. This is achieved by interaction between the European and national institutions as well as the academic and research community.


European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN)

EPIN is a network of dynamic think tanks and policy institutes focusing on current EU and European political and policy debates. It is a comprehensive network with 30 members in 26 countries, including almost all the EU member states and candidate countries. EPIN aims to contribute to the debate on the Future of Europe through up to the minute, expert analysis and commentary and through providing easy access to understanding the different national debates. 



Euromesco seeks to construct relationships between Europe, the Maghreb and the Mashriq on a North-South and South-South basis, which otherwise might not exist, in order to widen the forum for debate on matters of mutual concern. Such issues are related to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), and the network provides a forum for the debate of essential matters that might otherwise prove to be sensitive issues for governments within the EMP.

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Raik, Kristi (2017) EU:ta työnnetään moneen suuntaan Kaleva.

Pesu, Matti (2017) Taakanjako on ikuisuusaihe Ulkopolitiikka, 54 (4): 83.

Tiilikainen, Teija (2017) Finland i Europa och förhållandet till den transatlantiska länken Kungliga krigsvetenskapsakademiens handlingar och tidskrift, (4): 71-75.

Iso-Markku, Tuomas (2017) Finnland In Weidenfeld, Werner & Wessels, Wolfgang ed(s): Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2017. Nomos Verlag. 501-504.

Tiilikainen, Teija (2017) Kohti yhdentyvää vai hajaantuvaa Eurooppaa? Tieto & trendit. Tilastokeskus.

Tiilikainen, Teija (2017) Strengthening the Pillars of Security and Defence European Security and Defence, (6): 24-26.

Siddi, Marco (2017) Italy's Eastern Neighbourhood Policy in Context Georgian Institute of Politics Policy Memo. Georgian Institute of Politics.

Raspotnik, Andreas & Siddi, Marco (2017) A New Arctic Era Abo - World Energy, (36):

Tammikko, Teemu (2017) Katalonian uhkapeli

Tiilikainen, Teija (2017) Nordic states in the EU's security and defence policy Europe's world,

Jokela, Juha & National Reflection Group (Finland) (2017) New Pact for Europe: National Report Finland New Pact for Europe.

Raik, Kristi (2016) Demokratian rapautuminen on Euroopan suurin uhka Kaleva.

Raik, Kristi (2016) Suomi itäisen Euroopan harmaalla vyöhykkeellä Kaleva.

Raik, Kristi (2016) Historia erottaa, tulevaisuus yhdistää Viron jälki Suomessa: Helsingin virolaisen akateemisen klubin juhlakirja. Helsingin virolainen akateeminen klubi.

Helwig, Niklas (2016) Hoher Vertreter der Union für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik Europa von A bis Z, 14 305-306.

Helwig, Niklas (2016) Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst Europa von A bis Z, 14 222-224.

Tammikko, Teemu (2016) Towards "Schengen Light" DIIS Policy Brief. Danish Institute for International Studies.

Raik, Kristi (2016) Ukraine has brought threat perceptions of the Baltic Sea states closer to each other Baltic Rim Economies, (1): 46.

Mühlberger, Wolfgang (2016) Egypt: Pharaonic Politics Redux? Al-Jazeera Center for Studies Report.

Iso-Markku, Tuomas (2015) Finnland In Weidenfeld, Werner; Wessels, Wolfgang ed(s): Jahrbuch der europäischen Integration. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 415-418.

Alaranta, Toni (2015) Islam-tutkimuksen voimannäyte Yliopisto. Helsingin yliopisto.

Jokela, Juha (2015) Finland and the eurozone crisis In Bäckman, Pernilla; Lewander, Jakob; von Sydow, Göran ed(s): Same, same but different : the Nordic EU members during the crisis. Stockholm: Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier, SIEPS.

Mühlberger, Wolfgang (2015) Im Druckkochtopf : Szenario 2025: wohin bewegt sich die arabische Welt? Zenith.

Austria: historic entanglement, high-profile engagement and EU streamlining

Jokela, Juha (2015) Arctic security matters ISSUE report. Institute for Security Studies.

Tiilikainen, Teija (2015) Arctic matters: in from the cold? ISSUE alert. Institute for Security Studies.

Jokela, Juha (2015) Arctic governance In ed(s): Paris: Institute for Security Studies. 35-42.

Helwig, Niklas; Tannous, Isabelle (2015) Gemeinsame Aussen- und Sicherheitspolitik In Weidenfeld, Werner; Wessels, Wolfgang ed(s): Jahrbuch der europäischen Integration 2015. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 287-294.

Helwig, Niklas; Tannous, Isabelle (2015) Gemeinsame Aussen- und Sicherheitspolitik Nomos.

Iso-Markku, Tuomas (2015) Finland In ed(s): Berlin: Institut für Europäische Politik, IEP.

Siddi, Marco (2015) Geopolitica dei gasdotti, i progetti di Gazprom Affari internazionali : rivista online di politica, strategia ed economia. Istituto Affari Internazionali, IAI.

Siddi, Marco (2015) Il vero problema dell'Europa e la xenofobia, non l'immigrazione il manifesto sardo. il manifesto sardo.

Alaranta, Toni (2015) Turkin Lähi-idän politiikan tilinteon hetki Kaleva. Kaleva365.

Mühlberger, Wolfgang (2015) Assessing the impact: North African militaries in the Arab Spring S+F : Sicherheit und Frieden = S+F secrity and peace, 33 (1):

Behr, Timo (2015) Germany: from self-restraint to leadership In Behr, Timo; Tiilikainen, Teija ed(s): Northern Europe and the making of the EU's Mediterranean and Middle East policies : normative leaders or passive bystanders?. Farnham: Ashgate. 45-67.

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