Published in JEMIE – Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe in 2002, this article engages with Will Kymlicka’s ideas of exporting liberal pluralism and explores the contemporary nature of ethnopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe. It examines the interlocked ethnic and territorial claims that are its substance and the of minority-state relationships within and across borders through which it is expressed in the political processes in today’s Central and Eastern Europe. In conclusion, the article argues that taking the ethnic factor out of politics may be the best way forward, but that this can only be accomplished by recognising and accommodating the legitimate language, cultural, educational and/or religious rights of minorities.

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