1st Edition

The Rise of EU Police Cooperation Governing Differentiated Integration

By Franca König Copyright 2023
    308 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an in-depth empirical analysis and theoretical history of the institutional development of EU police cooperation, with a focus on the creation and integration of Europol.

    Presenting a thoroughly comprehensive analysis, the book systematically traces integration dynamics and the evolution of EU police cooperation over a 40-year period, assessing the influence of cross-country interdependencies, politicisation and policy entrepreneurship on Member States’ behaviour and institutional choice. By combining a wealth of sources including previously unpublished sources and personal insights from key decision-makers, it explores which driving factors shape processes of differentiation and integration in this sovereignty-sensitive policy domain, and how, and attempts to explain state preferences on international police cooperation in the light of major theories of European integration.

    The book will be of key interest to students, scholars and practitioners working in or on the fields of police cooperation, Justice and Home Affairs policy, EU governance and security studies, both at national and European level.


    1. EU Internal Security and Police Cooperation: Putting Theory into Perspective

    2. The Trevi Group – Birthplace of European Police Cooperation

    3. Institutional Beginnings: The Europol Drugs Unit and Early Europol

    4. European Police Cooperation in the Early 2000s: Towards an EU Law Enforcement Agency

    5. Snowballing into the Future? The Europol Regulation and Beyond

    Conclusion and Discussion


    Franca König is EU Policy Officer at the Berlin Senate Department of the Interior, where she currently heads the Task Force on the Berlin Presidency of the Standing Conference of Germany's Interior Ministers. She is also a Consultant at The Counterterrorism Group.

    "In this remarkable book, Franca König delivers probably the most comprehensive account of the dynamics of European integration in the field of police cooperation to date. A must read for anyone interested in how policing and internal security cooperation has evolved in Europe."

    Florian Trauner, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    "Ms König has provided an excellent and comprehensive analysis on international police cooperation in the EU. I highly recommend reading this book to better understand how this process has influenced recent decisions on the European internal security."

    Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol, The Hague, The Netherlands

    "This book comes on the heels of an important reform of the Europol Regulation and of the proposed EU Police Cooperation Code. It is a key contribution to understanding the underlying integration dynamics in this field."

    Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, Head of Unit "Security in the Digital Age", European Commission, Belgium