It is time to abolish the concept of ethnic minorities
Ethnic-minority privileges are a ratchet as well as a racket. Better to focus on improving public administration.
Appeared in print on 28.10.2009
Should the Polish ethnic minority in Germany have the same rights as the German ethnic minority in Poland? It sounds fair: Germans in Poland get schooling in their mother-tongue, street signs in both languages and guaranteed representation in parliament. Poles in Germany get almost nothing. But why only the Poles? What about the Czechs and Hungarians? Or the Turks? For that matter, what about the British in Poland? They have their cultural festivals (Last Night of the Proms in Cracow is already a major annual event). And why are we talking only about Poland? The British minority in Slovakia may not be quite as big as the Hungarian one, but it has its quirks too – such as playing cricket.