International Crisis Group calls for Greece to acknowledge Macedonian national identity and stresses its serious “regional implications” · Officials from both States to resume talks in New York next February · Greece opposes the use of the name Macedonia by its neighboring republic as it considers it to be part of its own Hellenic heritage.
DOSSIER. Sardinia is a crossroads in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the European islands with the highest degree of linguistic and cultural diversity. Even though Italy has entered into the island with the force only a State can have, Sardinians have gained for themselves the legal status of People instead of that of Region, and enjoy a significant degree of self-government which provides for some protection of their languages (particularly Sardinian) and singularities.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Greek and Turkish Cypriot representatives are about to reach an agreement on relations between federated states and the hierarchy of norms
DOSSIER. Sámi people –traditionally known as Lapps– are often considered as Europe’s only indigenous people. They live in a territory encompassing four Nordic States and have a shared identity with about ten languages in the verge of extinction. They enjoy autonomy on cultural affairs in three States –Norway, Sweden and Finland– whereas Sámi living under the administration of the Russian Federation are expecting to get it soon.
The main Muslim, Serb and Croat parties have officially asked the Parliament of the country to start the adoption of constitutional reforms with a view to strengthen central institutions and rearrange the territorial organization · These are key conditions for Bosnia’s aspiration to EU membership.
After 25 years in production, the newspaper have ceased publication due to official funding being withdrawn by Foras na Gaeilge, the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland · Lá Nua’s managing director says the decision is “counterintuitive and unwise” · Foras na Gaeilge mantains sales figures are not high enough.
DOSSIER. At the slopes of Mont Blanc, in the Alps, there is one of the alpine countries which has developed a unique personality of its own and is currently one of the most autonomous regions of Italy. In the Aosta Valley Italian state-wide parties play a secondary role, and language –Franco-Provençal and French–, traditions and a high degree of economic self-sufficiency endow the territory with a particularly singular character