NEWS IN BRIEF. Support for independence ranges from 38% and 42%, depending on the question.
8 deputies commit themselves to 'proclaim their will to attain independence'.
DOSSIER. Alsace is an example of a people subjected to the influence of two large States. Its personality has been shaped by the closeness to France and Germany and the disputes between these two countries over its sovereignty. Perhaps that’s why Alsace, in spite of belonging to the French State, is far from being just another region in France.
Statute granting almost full powers to the Parliament of Greenland has come into force this weekend · Control of natural resources and official status for the Greenlandic language, among main powers devolved · From now on Greenlandic people may declare itself independent whenever they wish.
The group discussing Scottish devolution proposes that Scotland should have powers to take over direct control of half of the income tax · SNP calls for full fiscal autonomy to be implemented, and considers that an option to increase the Scottish Parliament's devolved powers may be included in an independence referendum.
DOSSIER. For many, the Ossetian nation became known during the summer of 2008, when the 'de facto' independent republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia sparked off war between Russia and Georgia. Above all, Ossetians have a distinct language and culture stretching across the Caucasus Mountains, an identity that differs from the traditional view based on a mere appendix of the Russian Federation within Georgia