Minority issues confound Central European countries

  • 2003-08-31
  • Patrick Rahir
AFP VIENNA - As eight Central European countries strive to get their houses in order before joining the EU next year, they find themselves having to meet higher standards on minorities than the current members of the union uphold — and falling short.The wars and border changes of the last century created a Russian minority in the Baltic states and dispersed Germans throughout Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. It left Hungarians scattered across the country's neighboring states left millions of Roma, or gypsies, marginalized in communities throughout Central Europe and the Balkans.In L...
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