In a matter of days, Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander has gone from opposing a referendum to calling for an early public consultation, before pressure from her own party has now forced her to oppose it again · The SNP still wants to hold the vote in 2010.
As Israelis celebrate sixty years of the state of Israel, Palestinian Arabs remember 1948 as the year their land was occupied and armed conflict began · After yet more talks, Israel claims to have reached ‘understandings’ with the Palestinians.
The protest calling for ‘official status for Asturian’ was organized by La Xunta pola Defensa de la Llingua Asturiana (Assembly for the Defence of the Asturian Language) to coincide with Asturian Literature Day · Asturian does not have official status in the Spanish constitution or in the autonomous communities in which it is spoken.
PUBLICATIONS. Nationalia provides a bibliography dedicated to Israel and Palestine, listing a selection of recent publications on the conflict.
French Culture Minister says France will not ratify the European Charter for Minority Languages because it is ‘contrary to the principles’ of the Republic · A deputy speaks in Catalan in the French Assembly for the first time in history.
NEWS IN BRIEF. ‘It is unjustified since everybody can express themselves in the national language’ [French]
Brussels-Halle-Vilvorde constituency remains at the heart of the conflict · Its final status must be determined by this Wednesday, in a key debate for the stability of Yves Leterme’s Government.