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Sunday, 4.19.2015

Pro-autonomy party disappointed as Alsatian President rules out non-binding referendum

Date: 15/04/2015

Philippe Richert argues Alsace Regional Council does not have powers to organize vote, furthermore it is too late to hold it · Unser Land regrets "lack of political courage," believes determined action by Alsatian politicians could convince Paris to reconsider Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardennes merger [+]

  • Scottish activists protest against UK's nuclear weapons program

    Date: 14/04/2015

    Scrap Trident campaign members block access to Faslane naval base · SNP vows to vote against new funds to build nuclear submarines · Labour, Conservatives favour Trident renewal [+]

  • When a genocide can hide another one: the Pope, the Armenians and Namibia

    Date: 13/04/2015

    Pope Francis yesterday stirred controversy in Turkey as he referred to the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide." The Turkish government reacted angrily to say that the Pope's words were inaccurate. Ankara could be somewhat right to say that, but not because of the reasons it argues. A post by David Forniès* [+]

  • Christian Troadec launches "regionalist candidacy" to 2017 French presidential election

    Date: 10/04/2015

    Breton leader to visit Alsace, Catalonia, Basque Country, Corsica, Occitania in order to gather supports, needs 500 signatures of elected officials · Troadec argues France should commit to "true regionalization" reform that respects "the identity of territories" [+]

  • Northern Cyprus goes to polls as the prospect of resuming peace talks gets new momentum

    Date: 09/04/2015

    UN special envoy for Cyprus says negotiations over a political settlement in the island could be relaunched "within weeks" · Cyprus President ready to resume talks after Turkey withdraws vessel from Cypriot waters · Incumbent conservative Eroglu, centre-left candidates Akinci and Siber to run for Turkish Cypriot presidency on April 19th · All three candidates vow federal Cyprus, with nuances [+]

  • A colloquium on the new region in southern and central Occitania

    Date: 08/04/2015

    FEATURE. A big debate under the title "Occitania at the time of territorial reform" was held last Saturday in Toulouse · The event put forward thoughts on the future of the new large region which will result from the merger of Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon, in 9 months' time · Through the participation of key players of political, cultural, scientific and economic fields, the meeting set the bases for a new region that could raise the banner of Occitan national identity [+]

  • Poroshenko "ready" to hold referendum on federalism, says 90% of Ukrainians reject idea

    Date: 07/04/2015

    Ukrainian President argues federalism is an "infection" from Russia · Poroshenko vows decentralization based on local self-government, insists Ukrainian will remain "only" official language · Constitutional committee to start drafting reform on decentralization on April 15th [+]

  • Russia shuts down main Crimean Tatar language TV station

    Date: 02/04/2015

    ATR media outlet stops broadcasting after federal authorities decided not to re-register it under Russian laws · Russia's media supervising body argues decision was technical · Tatar media, main Tatar political organization speak of persecution · Amnesty believes decision aimed at "intimidating the Crimean Tatar community" [+]

  • Burma one step closer to peace after 65 years of armed conflict

    Date: 01/04/2015

    Political-military groups of stateless peoples, government reach draft agreement · Deal must now be checked by groups leaders · Process could lead to the establishment of a Burmese federal state, disarmament of guerrillas [+]

  • Two main Catalan parties, civil society organizations agree on 18-month roadmap to independence

    Date: 31/03/2015

    ERC, CDC to include commitment to "independence" in their Sep 27 manifestos · Catalan Constitution to be drafted within 10 months after vote · Independence to be declared in 2017 at the latest · Support from other parties of critical importance to ensure pro-independence majority in Parliament [+]

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