Minority rights is an important issue in all modern states, but for those countries hoping to join the European Union the protection of minorities is a key condition for success in the accession process. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe, covering all the countries of the region that have joined the EU since 2004, including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. For each country it outlines the major developments since 1989, highlights the salient issues in minority rights politics, assesses the actual implementation of policies and legislation, explores the roles that domestic and international factors have played - including the impact of the EU succession process - and discusses whether there have been any major changes once EU accession was secured. Overall, this book is important for all those interested in European integration and minority rights politics, as well as for specialists on Central and Eastern Europe.

part II|150 pages

Country case studies

chapter 6|13 pages


Minority rights 'light'

chapter 7|14 pages

Czech Republi

Exceptionality and conditionality at work

chapter 8|15 pages


Conditionality amidst a legal straightjacket

chapter 9|16 pages


A model with lasting problems
Edited ByBalázs Vizi

chapter 10|16 pages


Managing post-imperial minorities

chapter 11|15 pages


Progressive legislation without popular support

chapter 12|14 pages


Minority policies in a homogenized state

chapter 13|15 pages


From laggard to leader?

chapter 14|15 pages


From marginalization of ethnic minorities to political participation (and back?)

chapter 15|15 pages


Ethnic exclusion in a model accession state

part III|8 pages


chapter 16|6 pages

The way forward