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Ending a Never-Ending-Story: The Solution of the Conflict on Bilingual Topography in Austria—Analysis, Open Questions and Perspectives

Ending a Never-Ending-Story: The Solution of the Conflict on Bilingual Topography in... Jürgen Pirker* I. Introduction¹ The confl ict concerning bilingual place­name signs in Carinthia tested the Austrian constitutional state and the authority of the Austrian constitution. Decisions of the Constitutional Court remained unimplemented and minority rights--arising from international and constitutional obligations of Austria-- were repeatedly made subject to negotiations between the federal government and the regional and local authorities in Carinthia.² In 2011--56 years after signing the Austrian State Treaty³ that guaranteed the minority rights concerned--a political process brought an end to the place­name sign issue. It was framed by the interests of the opposing confl ict parties and therefore led to a renegotiation of the right on bilingual topography and the right to use the minority language as the * 1 Jürgen Pirker is University Assistant at the Institute of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz, Austria. The article summarises the findings published in: Jürgen Pirker, "Reform des Volksgruppenrechts. Die Lösung der Ortstafelfrage 2011", 9 ÖJZ (2012), 396-405; Jürgen Pirker, "Über die `Mitte der Brücke' ­ Der Weg zur Lösung der Kärntner Ortstafelfrage 2010-2011", in Karl Anderwald, Peter Filzmaier and Karl Hren (eds.), Kärntner Jahrbuch für Politik 2011 (Hermagoras-Mohorjeva, Klagenfurt, 2011), 78-108; Jürgen Pirker, "Minderheiten zwischen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Ending a Never-Ending-Story: The Solution of the Conflict on Bilingual Topography in Austria—Analysis, Open Questions and Perspectives

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 11 (1): 345 – Nov 17, 2014

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Brill
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© Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7865
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90110052
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Jürgen Pirker* I. Introduction¹ The confl ict concerning bilingual place­name signs in Carinthia tested the Austrian constitutional state and the authority of the Austrian constitution. Decisions of the Constitutional Court remained unimplemented and minority rights--arising from international and constitutional obligations of Austria-- were repeatedly made subject to negotiations between the federal government and the regional and local authorities in Carinthia.² In 2011--56 years after signing the Austrian State Treaty³ that guaranteed the minority rights concerned--a political process brought an end to the place­name sign issue. It was framed by the interests of the opposing confl ict parties and therefore led to a renegotiation of the right on bilingual topography and the right to use the minority language as the * 1 Jürgen Pirker is University Assistant at the Institute of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz, Austria. The article summarises the findings published in: Jürgen Pirker, "Reform des Volksgruppenrechts. Die Lösung der Ortstafelfrage 2011", 9 ÖJZ (2012), 396-405; Jürgen Pirker, "Über die `Mitte der Brücke' ­ Der Weg zur Lösung der Kärntner Ortstafelfrage 2010-2011", in Karl Anderwald, Peter Filzmaier and Karl Hren (eds.), Kärntner Jahrbuch für Politik 2011 (Hermagoras-Mohorjeva, Klagenfurt, 2011), 78-108; Jürgen Pirker, "Minderheiten zwischen

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Published: Nov 17, 2014

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