After a particularly tumultuous 2008, a new president seems to have eased the tension in the Caucasian republic of Ingushetia, the small homeland of the Ingush people, who are related to the Chechens. Being one of the poorest areas within the Russian Federation, Ingushetia is expecting President Dmitry Medvedev to keep recent promise of investing thousands of millions of rubles.
The Welsh cabinet seeks to broaden language rights for Welsh-speaking people and secure equal status of Welsh with English · The decision depends on the British Parliament and could take months
Four pro-sovereignty parties found a new political force in Corti to attain for Corsica 'a status of independent nation such as Malta’s or Cyprus’s'· New party supports political channels but does not rule out 'the underground movement.'
Muslim party’s top leader says new split into four administrative units will respect "geographical and economic principles” · President of Bosnian Serbs assures Republic of Srpska will be maintained · Bosnia and Herzegovina sponsors a constitutional reform with an eye to the EU.
Before being brought out, the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has announced that D3M and Askatasuna lists of candidates will be contested · In the Popular Party’s (PP) view, it is “obvious” both political forces are “ETA’s political wing” · The Director of Public Prosecutions is trying to prevent pro-independence lists from running elections
Main pro-sovereignty party not to join a pro-independence list made up of four other political forces · The Sardinian Action Party will run elections forming coalition with Italian centre-right parties · A new autonomist party joins centre-left list
The upper house approves a fiscal reform which has now to be discussed in the Chamber of Deputies · Berlusconi says Italy is heading towards a system similar to that of Germany or Belgium
Carod-Rovira, vice-president of Catalonia, suggests a representation system similar to that of Quebec and Canada · The Catalan government signs a framework agreement with UNDP and opens a delegation office in the US
They call for the power to call for referendums to be transferred to the Catalan Government, a right currently reserved for the Spanish Government · Spokeswomen from the Plataforma pel Dret de Decidir (PDD, Platform for the Right to Decide) and Sobirania i Progrés (Sovereignty and Progress) have met with the president of the Catalan Parliament