Nikola Gruevski’s party, which takes a firm stance against Greece in the Macedonia naming dispute, increases its share of the vote in parliamentary elections, almost gaining an absolute majority · A string of confrontations between ethnic Albanians leave one dead and many injured.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Six suspects, including the alleged murderer, remain in prison.
Union Valdôtaine, the autonomist party currently in power, attracts largest share of the vote despite a slight decrease in votes and seats · Its coalition of autonomist parties obtains 23 out of 35 seats.
Viella, the capital of the Aran Valley, is as of Friday home to the headquarters of the main organization for the Occitan language · The second stage of the plan to normalize the language of Occitania is under way.
In an unexpected U-turn, the French Assembly approves an amendment to article 1 of the French Constitution, which will define ‘regional’ languages as French heritage · The unexpected decision comes a fortnight after the Government’s cold response to the debate on minority languages.
A report published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya says that between 56% and 62% of Catalans would vote in favour of independence, the exact outcome depending on which way undecided voters swing · About 22% of people living in Catalonia describe themselves as “only Catalan”, and 19% “more Catalan than Spanish”.
Thousands took to the streets of Santiago de Compostela yesterday demanding respect for their 'right to live in Galician' · Galicia’s language is under pressure because it is underused in education and justice and because of attacks by pro-Spanish language organizations.