In a period of economic austerity and political instability, the situation for minorities in Europe is becoming more precarious. Nationalism and xenophobia seem to be on the rise in European politics. And for the first time since the Second World War, European borders have been forcibly changed on the argument of protecting minorities. What are the challenges facing such minorities in Europe today, and to what extent are minorities used as a tool to achieve other domestic or foreign policy goals?
Knut Vollebæk, High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 2007 to 2014, and Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2000.
Andrew Cohen, award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and professor of journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism.
John Packer, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa
MODERATOR: Marina Pavlovic, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa
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