Conclusion: Discourse and Politics of ‘National Interest’ in a Changing European Union

  • Katrin Milzow
Part of the International Relations and Development Series book series (IRD)


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.


National Interest Political Discourse European Project Discursive Practice Discursive Strategy 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    See for example Stephens, Philip, ‘The Blair Government and Europe’, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 72(1), 2000, p. 74.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Katrin Milzow 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrin Milzow

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations