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By John McGarry, Michael Keating

ISBN-10: 0203088409

ISBN-13: 9780203088401

ISBN-10: 0415401003

ISBN-13: 9780415401005

A hugely topical exam of the impression of eu integration on kin among states and minority countries. This new assortment brings jointly the major experts within the box, and covers quite a lot of instances, from Northern eire within the West, to Estonia and Latvia within the East, and Cyprus within the South-East. The participants examine how eu integration has affected the preparedness of states to deal with minorities throughout more than a few primary standards, together with: stronger rights safety; autonomy; the availability of a voice for minorities within the eu and foreign enviornment; and the advertising of cross-border cooperation between groups dissected through nation frontiers. the excellent chapters pressure the significance of the nationality query, and the truth that, opposite to the hopes and ideology of many at the left and correct, it's not going to leave. starting with an introductory essay that summarizes the effect of ecu integration at the nationalities query, this available booklet may be of robust curiosity to students and researchers of politics, nationalism, ethnic clash and ecu stories.  

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Thus Europe has largely escaped the problems experienced in Canada where the Charter of Rights was promoted in the early 1980s as a measure of Canadian nation-building and has consequently been widely rejected in Quebec. Human rights are not explicitly protected in the treaties of the EU but under pressure from states who have wanted to place their rights guarantees above EU law. The EU’s European Court of Justice has recognised the need to incorporate both national and European charters of rights in its jurisprudence (Moravcsik 1995).

As I hope to show, the European experience provides a fascinating, if flawed, experiment in developing international norms of minority rights, one with lessons for other contexts. The drive to internationalise minority rights in postcommunist Europe The story begins with the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, which was accompanied by a number of violent ethnic conflicts. In retrospect, these violent conflicts have largely been confined to the Caucuses and the Balkans. But this was not clear at the time.

The Maastricht Treaty had a clause in favour of cultural and regional diversity, used by the European Parliament and Commission to fund various measures, including the Bureau of Less Widely Spoken Languages in Dublin (Fenet 1995). The Parliament and the Committee of the Regions have also pressed for wider recognition of culture and language in the operation of regional policies. The EU has intervened more effectively in candidate countries, as has the Council of Europe, making treatment of minorities a condition for membership.

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