Austrian Slovenians better off in EU

  • 2003-04-17
  • Sandra Jamet
AustriaWith Slovenia due to join the European Union next year, the 12,500-strong Slovene minority just next door in Austria's southern province of Carinthia is beginning to take a higher profile.Sniffing opportunities from increased cross-border trade, Carinthia's majority German speakers are tentatively setting aside 15 centuries of suspicion and resentment."Slovenia is about to become an EU member, and this has boosted economic relations," said Marjan Pipp, director of Carinthia's Slovenian-language Radio Dva. "Slovenia's image has significantly improved, and so has ours."Slovenes, Austri...
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