Tuesday - 4 August, 2020
Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Rainbow Party
» Introduction
» New Manifesto
» Old Manifesto
» Principles
» Founding Principles
» Organisation


Nova Zora




Newsletter of the Rainbow Party

Следете нè на:

Aκολουθήστε μας στο:

Follow us on:

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

Rainbow Participates at MRGI Workshop - Skopje, Macedonia


"Vinozhito/Rainbow-Organization of the Macedonian Minority in Greece"

Presented by : Georgios N. Papadakis

Read this page in Macedonian

Read this page in Greek


Main Points:

-Greece is officially recognizing only one "muslim" minority in its territory, based on the Lausanne Treaty that was signed back in 1923 with Turkey. This factor makes it almost impossible for any other ethnic or linguistic group in the country simply to express a different identity without facing hostility and prejudice from state and society. Under these circumstances it is even more difficult to have this kind of diversity reported officially from the Greek State, through census.

Even the so-called "muslims" are not to be found in any official statistic that Greece is providing EuroStat with. And this happens although the official attitude changes towards this minority changes over the years- for political reasons- and it's developing to be "Muslim minority, consisting of 3 different groups, Turks, Pomaks and Roma".

The forms people have to fill in during censuses do not include any reference to ethnic or linguistic origin, making it impossible for any independent entity (EU, other international organizations, NGO's, individual scientists etc) to collect such data in a official manner.

-Based on the above, it is quite obvious that the collection of ethnic disaggregated data not only is not supported by the Greek state but it is strongly discouraged.

The Macedonians in Greece are a typical example of this policy. While many thousands, spread around the regions of Florina/Lerinsko, Kastoria/Kostursko, KozhanyKajlarsko, Pella/Vodensko-Meglensko, Imathia/Negushko-Bersko, Kilkis/Kukushsko and even Thessaloniki/Solunsko, Serres/Sersko and Drama/Dramsko, nobody can really calculate-even approximately- how many they are. Greece is claiming that there is no minority, only some 2-3 thousands of elderly bilinguals that use also a "Slavic idiom" (!). Macedonian organizations from Greece and abroad raise the number of Macedonian-speaking people to up to a quarter of a million (not to be connected with the individuals claiming an ethnic Macedonian identity). Scientists making field studies in the above regions also estimate the number of Macedonians in Greece well above 100.000-120.000.

-This absurd situation makes it difficult for Macedonians wishing to express their ethnic or linguistic identity (or both) to do so publicly. The suppression they suffered ever since Greece incorporated part of Macedonia in its territory (beginning of 20th century) and the hostile attitude they still have to face, made them extremely reversed, introverted and reluctant for public statements. Even if suddenly Greece decided to change its attitude and adopt a more civilized approach towards them (ability to declare their ethnic origin in state census, introduction of the Macedonian language into elementary/secondary education etc), this would be make the Macedonians even more suspicious, judging from prior experience. Today's situation only eternalizes a vicious circle than can only be broken with Greek state's initiative because it was created by the Greek state. And one example could be some changes in the census forms, allowing disaggregated ethnic data to be collected.

-One has to be reminded also that prior to 1951 there was some reference at state censuses to ethnic groups in Greece. The Macedonians were called "Macedonians, Slav-Macedonians, Slavophones or People With Unstable Ethnic Conscience". (sic!). After the 1951 National Census, though, they were completely erased from the Greek state's Facts & Figures books and terminology.


Back to previous page Back to top
EFA-Rainbow Archives

Γιατί να ψηφίσω
την ΕΕΣ-Ουράνιο Τόξο

Click here
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
HomeAbout UsNewsReportsMediaLinksContact
© 1997-2015 EFA-Rainbow, All Rights Reserved.
This website is hosted and developed by: