Finland’s EU membership in 1995 led to a profound change in the country’s foreign policy – a full economic and political alignment with the EU. Although Finland adhered to military non-alignment, security was one of the key drivers of the membership. Recently, the deterioration of the European security environment as well as the more competitive global milieu marked with great power rivalry have yet again highlighted the importance of the EU for Finland. What have been the key changes and trends in Finnish foreign policy during the EU membership? How do these compare with Austrian and Swedish foreign policy developments? What will be the key trends shaping the next 25 years of these countries’ EU membership?
This seminar will mark the 25th anniversary of Finland’s EU membership, and the publication of a FIIA Finnish Foreign Policy Paper focusing on change and continuity in Finland’s foreign policy.