National Interests and European Integration

Discourse and Politics of Blair, Chirac and Schröder


During the 1990s, observers began to point to a resurgence of 'national interests' in the public statements of European political leaders. This led to speculation about a possible shift in attitudes towards the European project and the mechanisms underlying the European Union (EU). Analysing statements by Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder, Milzow brings political discourse, specifically on national interest, together with events and policy priorities. As an integral part of negotiation and legitimisation strategies, political discourse informs the groundbreaking reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the road to the first Eastern enlargement of the European Union in 2004. With war in Kosovo and disagreements over Iraq, it also sheds light on the development of the European Security and Defence Policy, as well as the underlying dynamics of European integration.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; August 2012
  • ISBN 9781137271679
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  • Title: National Interests and European Integration
  • Author: Katrin Milzow
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

KATRIN MILZOW is Head of Strategic Planning and Controlling at the Swiss National Science Foundation in Bern, Switzerland. An Oxford graduate, she has in the past worked at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, from which she holds a PhD in International History and Politics, and done research at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has previously published on the European Union's security and defense policy, the eastern enlargement of the EU, as well as relations between UNHCR and the Federal Republic of Germany.