Intelligence and the European Union

Richard J. Aldrich

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Intelligence and the European Union

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This article begins by examining recent intelligence developments within the EU. Its initial focus is institutional, asking why the intelligence activities of the EU are relatively weak, despite the strong tradition of intelligence cooperation within Europe. The article argues that while intelligence activities which might strictly be described as belonging to the EU remain limited, there have nevertheless been some significant pan-European developments. It also considers the controversial efforts of European institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to generate oversight and accountability at the European level for multinational intelligence operations that lie beyond the capacity of national systems of inquiry.

Keywords: EU; intelligence activities; intelligence cooperation; security; multinational intelligence operations

Article.  7899 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union ; International Relations

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