The small Asian country tries to assert its position while it faces unemployment and gaps in education although experiencing a remarkable economic growth · East Timorese wonder to which extent they form a modern nation or rather their collective identity is still an outcome of European colonization. An article by Aureli Argemí, president-emeritus of CIEMEN.
NEWS IN BRIEF. The Andalusian Party got 2,5% of the vote, while Asturian nationalist parties polled far worse
Spain marks 200th anniversary of a text that defined the nation as the “meeting of all Spaniards in both hemispheres” · The Constitution stated that the Kingdom of Spain could not be split · Two centuries later, nineteen independent states and seven US states have been born out of former Spanish territories
Authorities in Naypyidaw, in apparent transition towards a civil government, kick-start a process aimed at reaching peace with rebel groups from minorities · Peace talks have taken place and, in some cases, the government has signed agreements with representatives of the Karen, Kachin, Mon and Shan groups · How non-Burmese groups fit in the state will be the topic of a 'great national conference' soon, the government promises.
With a turnout of 71%, the result confirms Latvian as the sole official language in the Baltic country · President Berzins calls for a discussion on the “strengthening of the Latvian state” · A majority of voters in the eastern region of Latgale support an official status for Russian · Moscow says the referendum was “unfair” because of the exclusion of ethnic Russians
NEWS IN BRIEF. A group of MPs is trying to convince the Constitutional Court to stop the vote. The majority of Latvian political parties reject any kind of official status for Russian.
The French National Assembly passes an amendment that could allow a referendum on the status of Loire-Atlantique · The region of Pays de la Loire could no longer stop the departament joining Brittany · The amendment can still be modified or stopped by the Senate and the Constitutional Court · The move gathers strong support among Breton parties
UK prime minister wants a “fair, clear and decisive” question and a vote to be held before 2014: uncertainty is “very damaging for Scotland” · Edinburgh sticks to its plan to hold the referendum on 2015 or 2016 and accuses Cameron of “interfering in the decision that is really one for the Scottish government”