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Internal-external security continuum

The term internal-external security continuum describes the fact that internal security (of the EU or a single state) can no longer be regarded or realized irrespective of external security. The dividing line that was intact up to the end of the cold war has blurred. Today, for example, police tasks in third countries could be carried out with military assets, and policies related to Justice and Home Affairs have their external dimension necessitating external action in third countries, for example in the fight against organized crime or terrorism.


  • Bruychker, P.D. & Weyembergh, A.: The External dimension of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, in: M. Telò (ed.): European Union and Global Governance. London et al.: Routledge, 2009, pp. 210-232.
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