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Wednesday, 10.7.2015

New opportunity for Minsk II deal as Donetsk, Luhansk republics put off local elections

Date: 07/10/2015

Decision to postpone votes had been demanded by Kiev · Leaders of both self-declared republics insist special status must be given to both territories within Ukraine · Ukrainian president's plans only include local government decentralization [+]

  • "Iraqi Kurds are less able to declare independence than they used to be one year ago"

    Date: 29/06/2015

    Cale Salih is fellow member of the European Council for Foreign Relations as an expert in the Kurdish question. She had previously worked for the International Crisis Group. A few days ago Salih analyzed Kurdistan's political and military situation in a seminar organized by the CIDOB centre in Barcelona. In this interview, Salih speaks about the role of Kurdish players in Syria and Iraq and the relations between them and with foreign powers. "Before ISIS took over Mosul, Iraqi Kurdistan was in a moment of state building, economic growth, democratisation, reforms… But now the priority is the fight against ISIS," Salih says. [+]

  • "Direct military involvement of the Saudi-led coalition has only exacerbated and prolonged the Yemeni crisis"

    Date: 23/06/2015

    INTERVIEW. International relations analyst Olga Aymerich says chances of reaching an agreement in the short term are at odds in Yemen as alliances in the field are new and artificial, with high levels of mistrust · In South Yemen, pro-independence supporters would be in a weak position in an end-of-the-conflict scenario, Aymerich argues [+]

  • Pro-autonomy unity list hopes to shake up Breton politics

    Date: 16/06/2015

    Two main Breton political parties announce deal to run joint list for December's Regional Council election · Coalition intends to clear 10% threshold, make it into second round for the first time ever · Bonnets Rouges leader Christian Troadec to be top candidate [+]

  • "We want to have a self-determined, democratically legitimated Sorbian Parliament"

    Date: 30/04/2015

    INTERVIEW. A group of Sorbs started in 2011 a citizens' initiative to push for the establishment of the Serbski Sejmik, or Sorbian Parliament, within the legal framework of federal Germany. European Free Alliance (EFA) member Lusatian Alliance party is now raising this demand at the European level. Nationalia spoke in Bautzen to Lusatian Alliance President Hannes Wilhelm-Kel on this and other Sorbian current affairs. [+]

  • Departmental elections: pro-autonomy representatives elected in Northern Basque Country, Brittany, Corsica

    Date: 30/03/2015

    Euskal Herria Bai defeats National Front in Errobi-Aturri canton by a 56-point margin, secures two seats · MBP candidates in Brittany win elections in two cantons · Pro-autonomy Insieme per Bastia gets three candidates elected in Haute-Corse [+]

  • "We call for the immediate release of Arnaldo Otegi, a man who took risks for peace and democracy"

    Date: 25/03/2015

    24 world leaders endorse declaration highlighting role of jailed Basque leader in bringing peace to the Basque Country · Text demands the end of Spain's dispersal policy of Basque prisoners · List of endorsers includes former presidents, Nobel Peace Prize winners [+]

  • NPLD calls EU to grant official status to Catalan, Basque, Welsh, other languages

    Date: 06/02/2015

    European network bringing together governments and civil society groups wants EU institutions to highlight non-state languages as cultural, economic assets · Demands are based on 2013 resolution by the European Parliament · NPLD to promote Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity over next few months [+]

  • 89% of Austrians would favour reunification with South Tyrol: survey

    Date: 28/01/2015

    NEWS IN BRIEF. Opinion poll contradicts another one in 2011 according to which North Tyroleans vastly rejected union [+]

  • Five reasons why the battle of Kobanê is important

    Date: 26/01/2015

    Kurdish YPG-YPJ militias claimed victory in Kobanê after four months and a half facing Islamic State attacks. This crisis has brought unprecedented international attention on the Kurdish struggle. Why is this battle so important? An explanation by David Forniès* [+]

  • Tamils oust Rajapaksa from Sri Lankan presidency

    Date: 12/01/2015

    President loses election to Maithripala Sirisena by a margin of less than 4 percentage points · Massive Tamil support to Sirisena is key to understand the result · Tamil National Alliance had called Tamils to vote against Rajapaksa, whom it deems as anti-Tamil [+]

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