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Minority rights is a crucial factor in all glossy states, yet for these international locations hoping to hitch the eu Union the security of minorities is a key for fulfillment within the accession approach. This e-book offers a complete review of minority rights in relevant and japanese Europe, masking all of the international locations of the sector that experience joined the european due to the fact 2004, together with Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. for every nation it outlines the most important advancements on account that 1989, highlights the salient matters in minority rights politics, assesses the particular implementation of regulations and laws, explores the jobs that family and foreign elements have performed - together with the impression of the ecu succession procedure - and discusses even if there were any significant alterations as soon as european accession was once secured. total, this publication is necessary for all these drawn to ecu integration and minority rights politics, in addition to for experts on primary and japanese Europe.

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2003) ‘EU enlargement and minority rights policies in Central Europe: explaining policy shifts in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland’, Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, (1): 1–32. —— (2004) ‘Minority policy in Central Europe: Exploring the impact of the EU’s enlargement strategy’, The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 3 (2): 3–19. 3 Anti-discrimination legislation Guido Schwellnus Introduction One way of protecting minorities besides the granting of specific minority rights is the adoption of anti-discrimination measures to ensure equal opportunities for members of minority groups and to combat discrimination and social exclusion.

In Chapter 11 on Lithuania, Dovile Budryte and Vilana Pilinkaite-Sotirovic explain how the country, with a much smaller share of Russian-speakers than Estonia and Latvia, extended citizenship to those residing in Lithuania in 1990 and how it developed a minority rights regime in the late 1980s and early 1990s that offered cultural rights to the country’s minorities. However, the authors argue that intolerant public attitudes impede the implementation of minority rights, such as the EU anti-discrimination directives which have so far only incompletely been transposed.

The ethnic divide has become more pronounced over time, though this has not led to sustained societal mobilization on the part of the Russophones. The absence of an overarching ethnic identity among the Russophones and of a tangible avenue for political mobilization have hindered the formation of coherent minority parties or organizations. Latvia’s political scene illustrates that even sizeable political representation at the national level does not necessarily guarantee influence over policy-making, especially if the other factions in parliament stand united on minority-relevant legislation.

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