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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

Member of the European Free Alliance - European Political Party (EFA-EPP)
Member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN)

Stefanou Dragoumi 11 .. 53100 .. 51 Greece; Tel/fax 0030 23850 46548
Website:; E-mail:

Press Release

Bitola or Monastiri? ...Florina or Lerin? ...Istanbul or Constantinopole?

Florina/Lerin - October 23, 2007

A few days ago an incredible incident occurred in Niki/Negochani Florina/Lerinat the border between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.

An Australian citizen wanted to visit Greece. When he arrived to the Greek border crossing, the police officers on duty at that time asked him where he was going. The Australian man answered "Lerin" (the Macedonian name for the town of "Florina"). They asked him again, only this time in a harsh manner, where he was going. He repeated spontaneously, "Lerin".

After the second answer, they invited him inside the police offices to check on him, as they were very annoyed. Inside the office they started questioning him and performed a body search. The young terrorised man asked to make a telephone call and he called the Australian Consular office in Skopje. In about two hours, the Australian Consul was at the border crossing and the "feast" began. Magically, the police officers transformed into "angels" using words such as "please", "thank you", and "no problem" In the end, after the intervention of the Consul, the young man was "freed' but was so disappointed that he went back, no longer wishing to visit Greece.

Same incidents had repeatedly occurred with citizens of the Republic of Macedonia when they wished to visit our country and "boldly" mentioned the toponyms in Macedonian.

Indeed, for some people with visas, their entry into Greece has been denied and their visas have been cancelled cancelled, so they had to go through the time consuming and expensive (one fifth of their basic salary) procedure of having it re-issued.

Certainly, many Greek citizens when they visit Bitola ( Bitola is a city in the Republic of Macedonia close to the border with Greece) they use the name "Monastiri" (the name of the same city in Greek) and nobody makes an issue of it. Indeed, the friendly neighbors have put also a sign in the entrance of the Greek Consular office in Bitola, with the name "Monastiri", without any problem. We suppose that when Greek travelers visit Istanbul/Constantinople, the Turks do not send them back at the border crossing, neither they do pass them through body search nor do they psychologically intimidate them if they say "Constantinople" instead of "Istanbul".

When finally, will we understand that the toponyms, the difference of language, the cultural variety is richness for a place, for a country?

In more progressive and democratic countries in which a similar reality exists, the authorities do not prohibit the use of these toponyms, they do not harass foreign visitors who use the local toponyms in whatever language they wish. Instead the authoritieis in these places legislate the use of double and triple toponyms as a sign of respect for the culture of the people and the identity of the place.

In Greece, we are still farvery far away from thisunfortunately.

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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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