The South Tyrolean People’s Party, which has dominated politics in the province in recent decades, wins just over 50% of votes, down seven percentage points · The Libertarians, a populist party that wants unification with Austria, are the big winners of the election, tripling their support and becoming the second largest party in the provincial assembly.
DOSSIER. Conscious that their island is not merely a French region like any other, the people of Corsica have repeatedly called for self-government in the past, and despite frequent internal divisions, in recent years they have managed to find a chink in the armour of the centralized and homogenizing French state. Corsica’s political parties and its active civil society are striving to protect and promote the island’s valuable cultural, linguistic and ecological heritage.
‘A Federazione di l’eletti’ is made up of departmental and regional councillors and mayors · Federation members describe themselves as nationalist, green and progressive · The alliance has been set up as part of efforts to restructure Corsica’s pro-sovereignty camp.
Indigenous communities are granted autonomy and official status to their 36 indigenous languages · Government and opposition parties agree to hold a referendum on the draft constitution in January 2009 · Bolivians will have the chance to vote on a constitution for the first time · Tens of thousands of President Morales’ supporters take to the streets of La Paz to show support for the new constitution.
Canadian federal elections held on Tuesday result in victory for the current Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but his party fails to secure an absolute majority because of the landslide victory for the Bloc Québécois in Quebec.
As leader of the far right in Austria and Governor of Carinthia, Jörg Haider’s policies were markedly anti-Slovene · Last week representatives of the Slovene community, who have expressed their condolences over the politician’s death, delivered a stark warning about the “risk of democratic, social and institutional fragmentation” after an extraordinary increase of support for the far right in parliamentary elections.
DOSSIER. A stateless nation that has made meteoric progress towards self-government, Alba (the Gaelic name for Scotland) did not even have its own parliament ten years ago, but today an independence party, the Scottish National Party, is in government and intends to hold a referendum on independence in 2010. With the SNP’s main political rival, Labour, struggling and the current First Minister doing well in the polls, Scotland seems better placed than any other nation to put the idea of internal enlargement of the European Union into practice.
Government and opposition leaders have failed to reach an agreement in recent weeks · Morales agrees to revise the text of the new constitution.
No languages currently mentioned in Dutch constitution, but interior minister wants reference to Dutch alone · Frisian is official in the province of Friesland and is the second most widely-spoken language in the Netherlands · Lobbying by Frisian parties and pressure from civil society have forced the minister to rethink her proposal.