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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

Greek Member State Committee of the
European Bureau of Lesser-Used Languages (EBLUL)

Press Release on the Name Issue by Matthew Nimitz

Naoussa/ Negush
April 17, 2005

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European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages
Bureau europeen pour les langues moins repandues

Greek Member State Committee of EBLUL


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Regarding the detailed written proposal (published in "Eleftherotypia" April 13, 2005) of United Nations Special Envoy, Matthew Nimitz, on the name dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. The Greek Member State Committee of the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages (EBLUL) would like to note the following:

It was quite reasonable to see Mr. Nimitz suggesting to both countries that they should "...take under strong consideration the internationally acknowledged conventions and exercised practices on the use of toponyms in other states and to start -- in good faith -- bilateral talks regarding this issue, including the use of properly specified toponyms..."

EBLUL, as an entity which was established to protect and enhance the use of minority languages in all European Union (E.U.) member states, hopes that the above-mentioned (for Greece in particular) will encourage the Greek government to adopt these conventions and practices and apply them inside the country's territory as well. Especially to regions with a strong presence of lesser-used languages.

In other words, this should lead to total disincrimination of their use, as well as introducing bilingual signs, where the older (Macedonian, Turkish, Pomak, Vlach or other) toponym will be jointly indicated with the Greek one. These names have been widely used by the indigenous inhabitants for centuries in several regions of Greece but unfortunately they are under persecution by the official Greek state. An attitude that is fully incompliant with the laws and rules followed both inside and outside the E.U.

Such a development will initially help these languages -- a priceless cultural element not only for the country but for the Balkans as well -- to survive and subsequently will facilitate their introduction into the educational system and their systematic transcription.

Towards this direction, another abstract of the Nimitz proposal seems quite contradictive to the prior and not exactly contributory.

"...The people living in Greek Macedonia are commonly self-identifying themselves as Greek Macedonians -- with the Greek regional and cultural meaning of the term -- and such identifications should be used and respected. "

Needless to say that in the geographical part of Macedonia that nowadays belongs to Greece, live also indigenous people who self-identify themselves differently and speak as mother tongue a language (Macedonian) that EBLUL for many years now has included among the lesser-used within the E.U. Therefore, it is evident that the linguistic and cultural diversity of the region should also be respected and cannot be "bulldozed" because of political generalizations.

The GMSC of EBLUL has no authority nor, of course, wishes to judge the Nimitz proposal as a whole. Nevertheless, it considers as "sine-qua-non" that the call to both involved parties for bilateral use of the internationally valid and accepted rules in the issues of toponyms, language and cultural heritage, should be primarily followed inside each one's borders.

Athanasios Parisis
President of the GMSC of EBLUL


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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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