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Diskrepanzen und Verbundenheiten zwischen den deutschen, polnischen und tschechischen Grenzregionen an der Lausitzer Neiße ("Euroregion Neiße")

Discrepancies and similarities between the German, Polish and Czech border regions along the Lausitzer Neisse
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Grimm, Frank-Dieter

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Abstract The term "Euro-Region Neisse" is misleading to the extent that it suggests that a common region currently exists or that it will be realised in the near future. In fact, three separate border regions exist in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. These are preferably orientated towards their respective national territories. They exhibit considerable differences in their historical background, the language and nationality of the inhabitants, the standards of living and with regards to the demographic structures. Longterm derivative effects resulted from the expulsion of the Germans and the resettlement of Lower Silesia and North Bohemia with Polish and Czech immigrants. An additional barrier effect is caused by the role of the eastern German border as the outer border of the EU. The importance of the "Euro-Region Neisse" can be found in its function as a promotor and catalyst of mutual understanding and co-habitation of Germans, Poles and Czechs in the "triangle of states" around Zittau, Liberec, Jelenia Gora and Görlitz.
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; Poland; Czech Republic; Saxony; border region; inequality; settlement pattern; population development; Euroregion; Germany; historical development; tourism; German Democratic Republic (GDR); minority; ethnic relations; resident; service; Bohemia; ethnic structure; contact; social relations
Classification Area Development Planning, Regional Research; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Document language German
Publication Year 1996
Page/Pages p. 1-14
Journal Europa Regional, 4.1996 (1996) 1
ISSN 0943-7142
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications