NEWS IN BRIEF. Greek and Turkish Cypriot representatives are about to reach an agreement on relations between federated states and the hierarchy of norms
DOSSIER. Sámi people –traditionally known as Lapps– are often considered as Europe’s only indigenous people. They live in a territory encompassing four Nordic States and have a shared identity with about ten languages in the verge of extinction. They enjoy autonomy on cultural affairs in three States –Norway, Sweden and Finland– whereas Sámi living under the administration of the Russian Federation are expecting to get it soon.
The main Muslim, Serb and Croat parties have officially asked the Parliament of the country to start the adoption of constitutional reforms with a view to strengthen central institutions and rearrange the territorial organization · These are key conditions for Bosnia’s aspiration to EU membership.
After 25 years in production, the newspaper have ceased publication due to official funding being withdrawn by Foras na Gaeilge, the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland · Lá Nua’s managing director says the decision is “counterintuitive and unwise” · Foras na Gaeilge mantains sales figures are not high enough.
DOSSIER. At the slopes of Mont Blanc, in the Alps, there is one of the alpine countries which has developed a unique personality of its own and is currently one of the most autonomous regions of Italy. In the Aosta Valley Italian state-wide parties play a secondary role, and language –Franco-Provençal and French–, traditions and a high degree of economic self-sufficiency endow the territory with a particularly singular character
SPECIAL REPORT. The Statute has been given the approval of the provincial Assembly and must be ratified by the Serbian Parliament · A Vojvodina-based party claims Serbia should become a Federal State · Hungarian parties demand an Hungarian autonomous entity
A squad of the National Army opened fire against a vehicle of the Regional Indigenous Council in Cauca (CRIC) and killed José Edwin Legarda, husband of Aida Quilcué, renowned indigenous representative · The Andean Indigenous Coordinating Organization calls for President Álvaro Uribe to be trialed, while Amnesty International condemns the killing