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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

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Greek government bans Macedonian cultural centre
Athens 20/01/04, by Georgios N. Papadakis


The Greek government has taken a decision not to recognise the formation of a local cultural centre. The Florina/Lerin Court officially rejected the application of the local organization 'Home of Macedonian Culture' (HMC) and refused its right to be legally recognized by the Greek state.

To make this decision, taken a few days ago, the court claimed that: 'the formulation of the associations' articles is unclear and can cause confusion regarding its real goal...The use of the term 'Macedonian culture' intensifies this confusion by connecting this with a non-existent language, described as 'makedonski'...The recognition of such an organization contains a direct danger to public order and provides an opportunity for exploitation by foreign agents, who have tried from time to time, unsuccessfully, to fabricate a historically non-existent 'Macedonian nation'...For all the reasons mentioned above, we reject the application.'

The decision came as a huge surprise to the founders of the HMC. Only a few months earlier, everything seemed to be finally resolved. The former Greek and now European Ombudsman, Prof. Nikiforos Diamantouros, had urged the Greek authorities to recognize HMC, something that was also done by organizations like the Council of Europe, EBLUL, Greek Helsinki Monitor and members of the European Parliament as well. Greek officials then assured all the above that everything had been taken into consideration and suggested that the HMC should apply for normal recognition.

Thanassis Parissis, chairman of the European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) Committee in Greece, commented to Eurolang that the court's decision contradicts both European laws and common sense but also violates basic human rights. He stressed that immediate actions against the decision will be taken at a European level, since EBLUL believes that HMC's recognition is one of the Bureau's top priorities for the near future.

'Unfortunately, not much can be done at the moment in Greece because the country is in the middle of a long pre-election period. As soon as the new government is elected, though, we are going to undertake all necessary initiatives towards HMC's proper and legal establishment', Parissis concluded.

The first attempt to establish an organization for the preservation and support of Macedonian culture and language was recorded in 1989, when members of the Macedonian minority in the region of Florina/Lerin unofficially created HMC ('Dom za Makedoskata Kultura').

For more than 14 years, the Greek authorities (both administrative and judicial) have successfully blocked HMC's recognition, mostly without proper justification. Even the members of the Florina/Lerin Bar Association were negative, very reluctant or asked unusually high fees to support HMC' s application before court, something which is obligatory in order to be legal.

HMC's application for official recognition also took over three months to process, a long delay in Greek terms. (Eurolang)


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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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