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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



Address by George Nakratzas to the Euro-MPs of the European Free Alliance

Brussels 12 May 2000

Madam President,

I should like to begin by thanking you for inviting me to speak here today on the subject of the introduction of the Macedonian language into the Greek education system.

It is not a new issue, for it has been pending since 1924, when the representatives of Greece and Bulgaria signed the Politis-Kalfov agreement in New York, seat of the League of Nations. The agreement concerned the protection of the Slavonic-speaking Macedonians in northern Greece and made provision for the introduction of the Macedonian language into the Greek education system.

The Macedonian language textbook for schools, the Abecedar, which was based on the Slavonic dialect of the Florina/Bitolj area, was printed in 1925 in Athens. It did not find its way into the schools, however, because on 2 February 1925 the Greek parliament refused to ratify the Politis-Kalfov protocol.

Although I'm not an ethnic Macedonian myself, I take a very close interest in this issue, mainly for ideological reasons.

Greece is making great strides in its efforts to meet the economic and administrative standards required of a full member of the European Union. But it will never be able to conform ideologically with the EU unless it adopts the European ideology of the of a policy of genuine protection of minorities.

It was protection of human rights, which in practice is mainly expressed through the implementation Erasmus who first gave philosophical expression to the question of human rights, in sixteenth-century Holland. Since then it has taken five centuries of constant struggle and wars, with millions of victims, to convince the European intelligentsia of the need to abandon the ideology of the nation-state and replace it with that of a multiethnic structure, as represented today by the European Union.

A multiethnic Europe could not exist without a mulitcultural Europe. The ideology of European multiculturality together with the principle of regional economic self-administration ¯ I repeat, regional economic self-administration ¯ will constitute the two firm ideological foundations that will ensure the continuity of the European Union and, as a result, the ultimate abolition of war in this part of the continent of Europe.

The most precious cultural treasure possessed by any nation is its written language. History has shown that any people whose language has no written form or is not allowed to be written is sooner or later condemned to cultural extinction.. Herodotus tells us that the ancient Thracians were the most numerous people in antiquity after the Indians. Yet despite their huge population, the Thracian people disappeared culturally precisely because they had no written language.

It is totally unacceptable that Greek society, and the Greek government with it ¯ the government of a member of the European Union ¯ should weep and wail for the Kurds in Turkey and their right to learn their mother tongue in school, while at the same time refusing to allow the ethnic Macedonians in northern Greece be taught their mother tongue. And what's worse, the Greeks deny the very existence of the ethnic Macedonians.

In my book, The Close Racial Kinship between the Greeks, Bulgarians, and Turks, copies of which I have distributed to the EFA Euro-MPs, I mention all the villages in northern Greece whose inhabitants once spoke or still speak the Macedonian language on an daily basis at home.

For all these reasons, I urge the politicians of the European Union, and more specifically the Euro-MPs of the European Free Alliance, to put increasing pressure on the Greek government to introduce the Macedonian language into the Greek education system for those Macedonians who want it.

I am also of the opinion that in 2001 the European Union could take the mother tongue of the ethnic Macedonians in Greece under its protection and declare it an endangered language.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak here today and for listening to me so patiently.


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to read the Abecedar!

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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