NEWS IN BRIEF. Around 2,500 languages fall under ‘unsafe’ and ‘critically endangered’ categories.
Ugo Cappellacci, leader of the Il Popolo della Libertá coalition defeats current president Renato Soru, leader of the center-left coalition · Autonomists and pro-independence parties remarkably improve their results, and Independence Republic of Sardinia (Indipendèntzia Repùbrica de Sardigna, IRS) becomes the third party in Parliament.
DOSSIER. Frisia, inhabited by a few hundred thousand people, is located South-East of the North Sea. The country is too often disregarded in the list of European minoritised nations and cultures. Most of its territory is situated within the Dutch province of Friesland, but Frisia also encompasses some areas in the North of Germany and across the border with Denmark. The Frisian people have preserved their own languages –particularly West Frisian– and attained certain restricted political representation.
A Romanian court prohibits holding a referendum for the autonomy of the Székely people, the largest minority within Romania · Romanian President, Traian Basescu, has declared that “no claims for territorial autonomy will be allowed" · At least 7% of the total population are ethnic Hungarians, and they are majority in some places of Transylvania.
Elections in the Basque Country are marked by the absence of the leftist pro-independence parties, banned by the Spanish judiciary · Galician nationalists are expecting to form government coalition with Socialists again · Spanish Center for Sociological Research (CIS) predicts a close result between PNB and PSE in the Basque Country and, in Galicia, a mild loss of support for PP in favour of PSG.
NEWS IN BRIEF. The Government announces an investment of 70 million crowns to reform policies on minorities
Breton political, cultural and businessmen representatives exhibit an unprecedented display of unity and strength as crucial time for France’s territorial reform draws near · More than 100 Breton important figures call for reintegration of the Loire-Atlantique department into the region of Brittany with a clear message: “It’s now or never.”
D3M (Democracy 3 Million) and Askatasuna are the lists affected by the Court’s decision · If the Constitutional Court of Spain does not reverse the decision, Basque pro-independence list will not be running elections for the Basque Parliament for the first time · UN Special Rapporteur warned few days ago that the Political Parties Act ‘might infringe fundamental rights’