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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol


Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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Europeanization and New Opportunities for the Participation of Minorities (Katharina Crepaz)


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Katharina Crepaz

Europeanization and New Opportunities for the Participation of Minorities

Abstract This article aims to provide insight on how Europeanization processes may create and foster new opportunities for the participation of national minorities. I define Europeanization as a two-directional development, encompassing both ‘top-down’ (influence from the European to the national and subnational levels) as well as ‘bottom-up’ (the subnational level and civil society trying to exert influence) processes. The article’s special focus will be ‘bottom-up’ Europeanization, and how it may create or enhance new opportunities for the participation of minorities. Providing a comparative picture of minorities in “old” and “new” member states (the German-speaking minority in South Tyrol, Italy; the Bretons in France; the German minority in Silesia, Poland; and the Italians in Istria, Croatia) I will argue that ‘bottom-up’ Europeanization happens in a variety of contexts, and that although the EU lacks legal competence on the matter of minority protection, it can still be an important forum for meeting and discourse for minorities. Minorities may also use the European level to share best practices, which can then be “imported” to the national and subnational spheres.

1. Minorities in the EU – Relevance and Research Interest

In 2012, the European Union (EU) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for its merits in bringing the different countries closer together and installing lasting peace on a thus far war-ridden continent. The EU is more than an economic union, and its standards...

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