The questions that this issue addresses cut across some of the most challenging dilemmas of the European Union. The emergence of the European supra-state was presumed to signify an end to modernity.
In the new postmodern world the nation state was supposed to fade due to increased cosmopolitanism, international rules to prevail over narrowly defined territorial ones, global issues to overshadow local petty interest. In this respect, the Sixth Framework Project “EUROREG” reported in this issue surveys a crucial test area of this postmodern attempt: how Europe and European accession affects the dynamics of the relations between ethnic minorities and majorities, between minorities-inhabited regions and the nation states they are part of.
Summary and abstracts:
2. A Word from the Editor
3. European Integration, Regional Change and Ethnic Minority
Mobilisation: An Introduction – by Dia Anagnostou, Anna Triandafyllidou (full text)
4. A Case Study on Muslim
Minorities (Turks And Muslim Bulgarians) in Bulgaria – by Galina Lozanova, Bozhidar Alexiev, Georgeta Nazarska, Evgenia Troeva-Grigorova and Iva Kyurkchieva
5. The Influence of EU Accession on Minorities’ Status in East Central Europe (full text) – by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
6. A Case Study on the Italo-Slovene Border – by Enrica Rigo, Federico Rahola
7. A Case Study on Muslims in Western Thrace, Greece – by Dia Anagnostou , Anna Triandafyllidou
8. A Case Study on Hungarians in The Košice Region, Slovakia – by Aneta Világi
9. Italian National Community in Slovene Istria and European Integration – by Ksenija Šabec