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ΕFA-Rainbow supports the right of the Catalan people to decide on their future and joins the EFA campaign "Catalonia decides"

Catalonia decides



Radio Macedonian Culture

A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece

Aegean Macedonian Culture

Anti-macedonian policy during the elections for the European Parliament against Rainbow by the Greek state and the Greek mass media

A scandal by the Parliamentary committee

Greek TV stations sabotage EFA-Raibow

Ultra-nationalists want "borders with Serbia"!

"Hellenic Post" sabbotages EFA-Rainbow Campaign

Typical example of censorship of Rainbow

Attack of the Greek Neo-nazi party

A Greek - Macedonian dictionary by Vasko Karatza printed with the support of EFA - Rainbow
 Greek   Macedonian

D. Lithoxoou
"Extracts of Letters"

Τι έλεγε κάποτε το ΚΚΕ για τους Μακεδόνες

Denying Ethnic Identity:
The Macedonians of Greece, by Human Rights Watch

Linguistics and politics II:
Macedonian Language

Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.

Lawed Arguments
and Omitted Truths

R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia

English  Macedonian

"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"

Center Maurits Coppieters
European Free Alliance
Federal Union of European Nationalities
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Greek Anti–Nationalistic Movement
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Human Rights of Australia
OMO Ilinden - PIRIN
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Macedonian Forum for politics and history



There are three main levels of government in Greece. The first level is the parliament or national assembly. The second is regional councils or prefectures and the third is local municipal districts. There are 52 prefectures within which are elected local councils. Recently there were local elections in Greece.

The third level encompasses local communities comprising several villages or towns. For example, the Florina prefecture is comprised of 11 districts. Each district elects a council of 25 members. Unlike parliamentary elections, in local municipal elections there are no official parties. The citizens form their own electoral slates and each person on the slate campaigns locally for votes.

Mr. Ilias Dafopoulos, a member of the RAINBOW party, campaigned in Meliti (Ovchareni). Other members of RAINBOW campaigned in the Vevi (Banitsa), etc. The election system is somewhat complicated. However, in the first round the citizens vote on a series of slates. The two highest ranking slates are chosen. This means that even though a given candidate may receive a large number of votes, they may not be elected if the slate they are in does not receive a majority.

As an example, Mr. Dafopoulos's slate fell short of being elected by 16 votes even though he was ranked 5th of 21 candidates in the voting. The process involves majority election by slate, and even though a candidate may get a large number of votes, it is the overall count of the slate that determines the outcome.

However, other candidates did manage to be elected in the local councils, including the Meliti (Ovchareni) and Boreshnitsa district councils. In the Florina (Lerin) and Amindeon (Sorovich) districts candidates sympathetic to minority issues were elected. As in all elections there were some successes and some failures but what is most important is that Macedonians became involved openly in the process.

This is the first time such elections have been held in Greece as reforms were recently undertaken whereby the local districts were restructured. It was very gratifying to have so many Macedonian candidates on the slates. Regardless of whether they were elected or not, they were all received warmly. In those areas where there were no Macedonian candidates RAINBOW supported candidates who reacted positively towards minority issues. In some cases, in order to obtain the Macedonian vote, some candidates would play Macedonian music or speak in Macedonian as part of their campaign.

Finally, the RAINBOW party itself, as a legal political organization within Greece, intends to participate in the European Parliament elections scheduled for June, 1999.


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Promotion of the
Macedonian Language
Primer at the OSCE HDIM

English Greek Macedonian

Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
English Greek Macedonian

Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

English Greek Macedonian

The Yugoslavian Crisis
English Greek Macedonian

Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006

English   Greek

The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”

By IOS team – Eletherotypia, 23/10/2005

Who says there are no
minority languages in Greece?

The "secret" census
in north Greece, in 1920

Map showing the Cultures and Languages in the E.U.

Council of Europe
Framework convention for the Protection of national minorities




Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας - Σκόπια είναι όνομα που εκφράζει την ταυτότητά σας

Greek   Macedonian

Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

Greek   Macedonian
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