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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



European Free Alliance in the European Parliament

Press Release - Brussels, 8.12.03

Greece Must Remain True to Olympic Ideals
- No Room For Intimidation and Threats

Nelly Maes MEP, The President of the European Free Alliance group of MEPs has expressed her concern at the security situation in Greece with regard to human rights and civil liberties following the forced cancellation over the weekend of a political conference. The annual congress of the Rainbow party, which represents the Macedonian minority in Greece, was cancelled after repeated threats and intimidation against individuals responsible for organising the event.

Nelly Maes, President of EFA in the European Parliament, has issued a written statement in support of the Rainbow party. In it, Nelly Maes criticises the failure to protect the process of democracy and calls for the Greek government to ratify the European Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - particularly in the context of the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens 2004 which have the motto "For a civilisation of the civilisations".

The full text of the statement issues by Nelly Maes is copied below:

Is There a Place for Democratic Minorities in Greece?

In the name of the EFA (European Free Alliance) we would like to express our concern regarding the difficulties of the Rainbow-Vinozhito a member party of EFA - DPPE.

We are appalled by the fact that the congress of Rainbow was cancelled twice owing to personal threats and pressure from the extremist circles. In a fully democratic society any practices resulting in political discriminations should be despised and prosecuted. We are concerned by the fact that openly xenophobic, racist and neo-nazi organizations are legal and their ideologies are tolerated in Greece which is a member of a European Union. Such movements were involved in intimidations that occurred in the city of Edessa / Voden where the Rainbow - Vinozhito party was to hold its congress.

Unfortunately, owing to threats mentioned above the party was refused any place in that town and therefore the congress had to be cancelled.

Our two letters to Greek Prime Minister Mr. Kostas Simitis, asking for an assistance to the Rainbow party in preparation of the congress as well as for safeguarding security to all the participants of the event remained without any response. However, we would like to express our hope that the Olympic Games which are to be held in Athens in 2004 under a motto "For a civilization of the civilizations" will give a positive impact on Greece to ratify the European Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Charter for Minority an Regional Languages.

We believe that this would enable the Macedonian national minority in Greece to find its proper place within the Greek society and to contribute in strengthening democracy in your country.

With the highest respect,

Nelly Maes, MEP
President, European Free Alliance
Vice -president Greens/European Free Alliance group in the EP

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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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