Conclusion: Discourse and Politics of ‘National Interest’ in a Changing European Union
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Taking public statements by British, French and German heads of state or government for its starting point, this study has attempted to provide new perspectives on ‘national interests’ and their role in contemporary European politics. It has endeavoured to illustrate how the concept of ‘national interest’ retains its significance at least as a discursive phenomenon, contributing to the dynamics of European integration by providing leaders with a shorthand for invocating the national and asserting their defence of domestic preoccupations. In this context, discourses of national interest were engaged in a close interplay with discourses of European interest.
KeywordsNational Interest Political Discourse European Project Discursive Practice Discursive Strategy
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