INTERVIEW to Aderemi Suleiman Ajala, an expert on Yoruba nationalism: “Yoruba complain of marginalization” in the Nigerian political system, he argues · Division among elites and among political representatives hinder an effective mobilization within the Nigerian state, although “the Yoruba first consider themselves as Yoruba and on rare cases see themselves as Nigerians”
Multi-party proposal wants to establish an own Catalan agency to collect and manage all taxes in Catalonia · The aim is to put an end to a fiscal deficit of 16,400 million euros a year · Catalan president Artur Mas admits an agreement with the Spanish government is unlikely · Pro-independence parties want to start a secession process if Spain does not accept the plan
Sortu's promoters consider the legalisation of pro-independence party should “signal the final overcoming of an illegalization cycle”, warn that “certain State sectors still back the violation of fundamental rights” · Sortu will be able to join EH Bildu coalition, which could win next Euskadi election according to opinion polls
Political parties and organizations ask for territorial self-government in Szekler Land and cultural autonomy for the whole Magyar people · European Vicepresident László Tokés points out that Romania and the Hungarians have very different views on the issue · Transylvanian professor: lack of agreement within the Hungarian community is hindering efforts
Popular Party-led Aragonese government to change law in order to "avoid imposition" of Aragon's own languages · Chunta Aragonesista says the change will deal a "death blow" to Catalan and Aragonese · Civic organisations in the Franja ask for an official status for both languages and their use in education
OPINION. Which are the main issues that are behind the most usual discourses that are found in the media on Azawad? Which are the foreign links around the proposal for an Islamic state there, if MNLA has repeatedly stated that it is against that idea? CIEMEN Recognition Area's Soraya Sough explains some of the key issues here.
School admission process has given parents a linguistic choice between Catalan and Spanish for the first time · The Balearic government, led by the Spanish conservative PP, says this puts an end to the “imposition” of Catalan · Local organizations argue that Catalan is still in a heavily disadvantaged position in Balearic society · Only 63% of residents can speak Catalan
Secular MNLA undergoes an internal debate on how to secure a secular Azawad vis-à-vis Ansar Dine · The Islamists have tripled their troops thanks to the recruitment of militants · Several voices within MNLA reject any agreement with Ansar Dine, while others argue that current circumstances almost force the secular movement to reach a pact with Islamists