Depuis quelques mois la question des identités et langues régionales fait son retour dans l’actualité. La revendication pour la co-officialité de la langue corse se heurte à une levée de boucliers à Paris où les responsables politiques restent inflexibles face aux demandes de l‘exécutif corse. Le sujet demeure profondément clivant et idéologisé. Pourtant aux Pays-Bas la langue frisonne a obtenu en toute sérénité ce statut et cela prouve qu’une approche différente est possible.
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La vie politique alsacienne est riche en contradictions. La région est traditionnellement pro-européenne et biculturelle. En même temps, les candidats des partis souverainistes (Le Pen, Dupont-Aignan et autres) ont recueilli ensemble plus de 30% des voix alsaciennes lors du premier tour des dernières élections présidentielles.
Non seulement ces partis sont radicalement opposés à l’idée européenne mais ils sont porteurs d’une idée de la France fortement jacobine, ne laissant pas de place à la diversité linguistique et l’autonomie des territoires.
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Alsace stands at a crossroad. It can either become diluted in a vast territory without history and identity, alienated from its neighbours and with a high support for French nationalism. Or it can fulfil its historic destiny and become a bridge between cultures, at the centre of Europe and proud of its diverse identity. To be or not to be, that is the Alsatian question.
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“If we vote ‘No’ we would basically abandon the people of Ukraine, we should not do that,” A small group of people passionately argue on the square facing the Dutch parliament in The Hague. It is an unusually cold Monday night beneath the statue of William of Orange. The protesters are discussing a country to which none of them has ever been. Two young men try to convince an older man that he should not vote “yes” in the upcoming referendum, as this would provoke Putin and that Ukraine should solve its own problems with corruption before seeking closer ties with the European Union. These arguments can be read in any Dutch newspaper, in addition to daily stories about Ukraine and its politics.
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Television report I made for Armenpress about the ‘Sarkis with Parajanov’ exhibition in Brussels.
Even before the polls closed, reactions from the international community came in. A spokesperson of the European foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini stated that ‘the European Union does not recognise the constitutional and legal framework of the elections’. The United States State Department indicated that ‘it will not accept the results of the elections’. Romania’s foreign ministry labelled the elections ‘illegal’. For Spain they were illegitimate. Ukraine stated that the results of the elections cannot have ‘any legal consequences’.
These comments were not made after the recent elections in Turkmenistan, where the current president was elected with 97.14% of the votes. Nor were they made after the presidential elections in Kazakhstan, which saw its current president re-elected with 97.75% of the votes in April. These statements concerned an election which was described by about 100 international observers as ‘in line with international standards’, ‘orderly, free, secret and equal’ with a turnout ‘many European countries would dream of’. The only problem was that these parliamentary elections took place in an internationally unrecognised state: the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
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As part of my internship at the European Free Alliance I have participated in the launch of EFARadio, a podcast about stateless nations, regions, and traditional minorities in Europe. Here is a radio package I made about what minority and regional languages can mean for local economies.