MINELRES: Fwd: Articles in Eurolang on Minorities in New EU Member States

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NATIONAL, ETHNIC AND LINGUISTIC MINORITIES OF THE NEW MEMBER STATES ­ A
PROFILE
Brussel/ Bruxelles 5/5/2004 by Simone Klinge

With ten new member states having joined the EU on 1 May, the enlarged
Union is confronted with a series of territorial, linguistic and ethnic
disputes in most of the new countries. Some conflicts are also reflected
in relationships to the older member states.



SMALL AND LESSER USED LANGUAGES MUST CO-OPERATE, SAY WELSH LANGUAGE
GROUPS AFTER EU ENLARGEMENT
Abergele 5/5/2004 by Huw Morgan

With ten new countries having just joined the European Union - and many
of these with small if not minority languages, how will this affect the
minority languages within the Union. Will having more minority and
smaller languages lead to more pressure for more resources to help them?
Or will everyone have to share the same cake with the money available
for each minority language being less? These are some of the
considerations facing language groups in Wales following enlargement.



EU ENLARGEMENT AND MINORITISED LANGUAGES: ‘ENGLISH THE WORST KILLER
LANGUAGE ’ SAYS EXPERT
Brussel - Bruxelles 5/4/2004 by Davyth Hicks

Enlargement was heralded across Europe over the weekend, with
celebrations in Ireland and Brussels. Many events focused on the
cultural richness and diversity of the accession countries. On Saturday
the Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, referred to cultural
diversity as “expensive, but a good investment” and described how she
wanted to “preserve our [Latvian]language, it is the only place in the
world where it is spoken.” However, language expert Dr Tove
Skutnabb-Kangas tells Eurolang that "Europe is linguistically the
poorest part of the world, with only 3% of the world's languages. And we
are busy killing off even that small diversity..."



ETHNIC HUNGARIANS IN ROMANIA WELCOME EU ENLARGEMENT
KolozsvÂr/Cluj 4/30/2004 by âron BallŐ

May 1st 2004 will mean that the majority of Hungarian speakers will join
the European Union, as Hungary, and Slovakia and Slovenia with their
Hungarian speakers, become full members of the Union. The
Hungarian-speaking community in Romania also welcomes this step and
expects the improvement of its own situation as a minority.



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