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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
EFA urges to promote cultural diversity and multilingualism in EU


February 21, 2007

European minorities facing serious political threats

Today in 2007, the celebration of the International Mother Language day* remains necessary to highlight the threats to cultural diversity that this International Day embraces. In Europe particularly the problems of many languages and minorized cultures are completely absent on the political agenda. In some cases regions and stateless nations face serious threats and even struggle for the survival of their culture as distinct manifestation of the European cultural and linguistic diversity.

"IS IT 5 TO 12??"

Allthough the majority of the European governments have signed and ratified the various Charters and Treaties protecting languages and minorities such as the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Expressions and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the implementation often leaps behind.

One of such cases is the situation in Nordfriesland. The Länder of Schleswig Holstein is trying to redraw its internal municipalities limits in order to make greater units. The gerrymandering** of this limits would imply the dissolution of one of its recognized minorities the Frisians in areas where they will no longer be a cultural majority. This unilateral action of the government of the Schleswig Holstein Länder directly contravenes to the spirit of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, as detailed in the article 7 of the Charter:

In respect of regional or minority languages, within the territories in which such languages are used and according to the situation of each language, the Parties shall base their policies, legislation and practice on some important objectives and principles. President of the EFA Nelly Maes underlines that:

”The recognition of the regional or minority languages is an expression of cultural wealth. The Charter clearly states that respect of the geographical area of each regional or minority language and therefor it is essentialto ensure that existing or new administrative divisions do not constitute an obstacle to the promotion of the regional or minority language in question.”

The French parties of EFA gathered in R&PS strongly demand to change article 2 of the French Constitution because it rejects the official recognition and the juridical protection necessary for the regional languages to survive. They call this article “the dead penalty to regional languages.

The EFA- European Free Alliance strongly supports the civic initiative that a wide network of citizens from Nordfriesland have started, aiming to safeguard the Nordfriesland boundaries . Our partner party FNP will be defending this position as well in the next provincial elections that will take part in the Netherlands on the 7 th of march. Bernat Joan i Mari, Professor in linguistics and MEP for EFA tabled questions to the European Commission and European Council on this. The EFA-European Free Alliance, European Political Party is thoroughly committed to defend all rights of citizens of cultural or linguistic minorities protecting them from cultural or political threats that unfortunately still occur in Europe nowadays.

*The 21 st February International Mother Tongue Language was instituted by the UNESCO in 1999 to commemorate the death of 3 Bangladeshi students who were demonstrating in 1952 for the official recognition of their language, and to promote cultural and linguistic diversity.

** gerymandering means a controversial form of redistricting in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are manipulated for an electoral advantage.In this case to dilute the impact of the Frisian minority and you could say “Germanymandering”.

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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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