DOSSIER. According to maps of Eastern Europe, the Dniester River divides Moldova and Ukraine. It rises in the Carpathians and flows into the Black Sea. Yet atlases do not show that there is a stripe of land forming a new State along the west bank of the river, which is called Transnistria. However, it is not recognized by any other government or international institution.
The South Schleswig Voters' Federation (SSW, Südschleswigscher Wählerverband, in German) has obtained 4 seats in Germany’s northernmost state. Schleswig-Holstein is considered a part of the Frisian nation (Northern Frisia) although is also inhabited by Danish people.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Egypt’s role in negotiations is a key factor to reach an agreement and hold legislative and presidential elections next year.
The Russian Supreme Court has compelled the Parliament of Tatarstan to modify language law · Russia intends to stop the decline of Russian language in former Soviet republics · Language remains a key issue for Russian political influence.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance welcomes Athens’s positive developments against discrimination of minorities and racial hatred, but regrets that legislation is insufficiently implemented · The Commission says that Roma, Turks and Macedonians are the most affected communities due to lack of State assistance.