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Nordic Europe after the Brexit vote: the five Nordic countries are reassessing their relations with the EU

Nordeuropa nach dem Brexit-Votum: die fünf nordischen Länder stellen ihre Beziehungen zur EU auf den Prüfstand

Etzold, Tobias; Opitz, Christian

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The UK's EU referendum is making waves in the Nordic countries. The vote could give a boost to Euro-critical parties across the region. However, it seems unlikely that EU members Denmark, Finland and Sweden will head for the exit in the foreseeable future or that non-members Norway and Iceland will loosen their ties with the EU to any significant extent. Nonetheless, with the UK's exit, the Nordic countries face the prospect of losing one of their key allies within the EU and will be compelled to rethink their positions in and towards the Union. There are already initial signs of adjustment - based on sometimes shared and sometimes divergent priorities. If the five countries are able to capitalise on their commonalities, Nordic cooperation in the context of an EU-27 may well gain traction. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; Northern Europe; Denmark; Finland; Sweden; Iceland; Norway; EU policy; European Policy; Great Britain; referendum; European integration; political development; international relations; political system
Classification European Politics
Free Keywords Ausschluss/Ausscheiden aus internationalem Akteur
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications