Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities edition:11 location:Columbia University, New York date:23-25 March 2006
This article examines contemporary views on “Europe” among minority activists in Poland, with a specific focus on the Ukrainian minority in Poland. The enlargement process has set two conflicting developments into motion that both may have a serious influence on patterns of minority activism in countries at the peripheral borders of the enlarged EU. On the one hand, there is a development towards increased protection of the external borders of the EU. At the same time, a new trend has become perceptible within the EU towards increased political, security, economic and cultural cooperation with the new neighboring countries in the East. Applying concepts from a research tradition on social movements and using parliamentary debates and statements by Ukrainian minority activists as the basis for an empirical analysis, this article explores how these two opposite developments have affected Ukrainian minority activism in Poland.