Paternalistic versus participation oriented minority institutions in the Danish-German border region. This is the title of the ECMI Working Paper #67 that is now online.
The Paper shows how differently the Danish and the German minorities in the Danish-German borderland perceive two special institutions for contact between minorities and political decision makers. The Danish and the Schleswig-Holstein governments have both institutionalized the contact to the minorities.
Schnapp and Schaefer-Rolffs present how the geographically more distant Secretariat to the German Minority in Copenhagen is rated favourably, whereas the locally more present Commissioner for Minorities and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, has been a disappointment to the Danish minority.
Generally, the paper aims to explain how Denmark and Germany face the task of ensuring minority protection and the preservation of cultural diversity. Both states recognize the minorities’ needs for special attention, and they have both established mechanisms that are designed to compensate minorities for their disadvantages as a group.
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The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-partisan institution founded in 1996 by the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.
ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here. ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.