I only just found out that you can receive the European Parliament’s propaganda mag, Focus on Europe, in Catalan. The forked tongue of Brussels/Strasbourg says that “Focus on Europe gives a broad view of European Parliament news. This newsletter is addressed to a wide audience and is published in all EU official languages.”
The Ebner report was OKed by the Parliament in September, but Catalan pleas for special treatment were rejected, so I would love to know on what basis Catalan is included as an official language by Focus. Have Aznar and Chirac done a deal with Ibarretxe and agreed, as an afterthought, to cede Roussillon to comrade Carod-Rovira and his fellow castellers? We should be told.
(Before Enraged of Empordà deluges me with hate-mail again, I would like to stress that I am all in favour, and that I look forward to the inclusion of Welsh as spoken in Bala on Saturday night as soon as possible. For, while article 22 of the EU’s fundamental charter of rights (ie Nice) commits it to respect cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity, it doesn’t mention the word budget once.)
- Catalan in Europe
I take it Arcadi Espada is joking: We have obtained an impressive victory: citizens who write to European organisations in Catalan
- European agreements re language rights
I’ve posted recently on the prohibition and persecution of non-Catalan toponymy in and outside Catalonia. While so I thought I’d
- Irish: it’s official! Well, almost…
The Taoiseachracy got sick of being hassled during the Irish presidency of the EU by lobbyists for various unloved languages, so
- who cares if languages die out?
From Sri Lanka’s Daily News: In a message to the first celebration [of International Mother Language Day in 2000] United Nations Secretary-General
- End of an affair?
Catalan Europhilia seems to be decreasing as contact with European institutions increases.