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‘The EU, Double Standards And Minority Protection’: A Double Redefinition And Future Prospects

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A complaint of double standards has regularly been voiced in relation to the EU's policy on minority protection. This contribution sets out to redefine the accusation by putting it into a broader perspective pertaining to minority protection, while also touching on additional levels of (seemingly) double standards. In order to address allegations about double and thus differential standards in minority protection concerning the EU, it is important to set out the basics of minority protection and reflect on the meaning of the concept 'minority'. This framework then enables the identification of various layers of differential standards concerning minority protection in the EU. The overall assessment of minority protection in the EU cannot be entirely positive, which seems largely due to a lack of political will flowing from a restricted vision about the goal of European integration.

Keywords: Double standards; EU; european integration; minority protection

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