Europe at the edge of the abyss and the minorities in the midst of it all. This is the ominous headline of today’s afternoon session at the Federal Union of European Nationalities’ (FUEN) congress. As the headline hints at, the session is dedicated to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Crimea.
European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is very present at this occasion, as Dr Osipov will open the discussion with his insights together with Stadtpräsidentin of the City of Flensburg, Swetlana Krätzschmar, who happens to stem from Ukraine herself.
Dr Osipov has already and in written form projected the major organizational setups and patterns of Russian ethnopolitics onto Crimea and tentatively assessed their applicability. The projection and assessment evolved in the ECMI Issue Brief #32 that is available online.
Among FUEN’s members are representatives of Crimean Tatars and others who most certainly are “in the midst of it all”. They are present at the congress today at Hotel des Nordens in Krusau/Kruså.
Dr Malloy on added value of minorities
ECMI Director Dr Tove H. Malloy will join the conference as a panel participant. Dr Malloy will speak about the added value of minorities, in contrast to eternally discussing minority issues in the light of conflict.
One topic for discussion is the significance of the German-Danish border region as a minority centre in Europe. In this perspective Dr Malloy will revitalize some of the points made in the Competence Analysis: National Minorities as a Standortfaktor in the German-Danish Border Region.