Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Apr 29 12:38:39 UTC 2005
IRISH LANGUAGE ON THE AGENDA AS AHERN GOES TO MADRID
Baile Atha Cliath 4/28/2005 by Eoghan Ó Neill
Dublin's request for Irish to be recognised as an official language of the
EU is on the agenda as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern travels to Madrid today to
meet Spanish premier, Jose Luis Zapatero. The Spanish are insisting that
it's "regional" languages must also be given greater recognition by the EU.
ALL OVER FOR SWEDEN'S FINNISH DAILY RUOTSIN SANOMAT
Stockholm 4/28/2005 by Paula Tapiola
There seems little hope left for Sweden´s only Finnish daily newspaper
Ruotsin Sanomat. No offer to buy the paper has been made, and the time for
bidding finished at midnight on Wednesday.
ESTONIAN PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES LANGUAGE DISPUTE IN NORTH-EAST ESTONIA
Tallinn 4/26/2005 by Alexander Shegedin
A group of Estonian right-wing MPs wrote a formal complaint last week to
Allar Jõks, Chancellor of Justice, protesting over the use of Russian as a
working language in Narva City Council. Pro Patria party MPs, Andres
Herkel, Peeter Tulviste, Mart Nutt and Helir-Valdor Seeder, claim that
city council sessions 'are systematically held in Russian', and that it
violates the law on local governance.
GWYNFOR: WALES AND THE WELSH LANGUAGE LOSE A HERO
Penygroes 4/24/2005 by Dafydd Meirion
Wales and the Welsh language has lost one of its most charismatic leaders.
Dr Gwynfor Evans, a former Plaid Cymru - the Welsh nationalist party -
leader and its first member of parliament, died on 21 April 2005. He has
been called the "greatest Welshman of the twentieth century and the greatest
Welsh national political figure of all time".
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT PASSES GAELIC LANGUAGE BILL
Truru/ Truro 4/22/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The passage of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish
Parliament on Thursday (21/04/2005) marked a historic victory for Gaelic
speakers who have campaigned for the language to be granted official
recognition in law.
AUSTRIA: THIRD 'CONSENSUS CONFERENCE' ON SLOVENE-GERMAN BILINGUAL SIGNS
WILL TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 29th
Wien / Vienna 4/22/2005 by Peter Josika
Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel announced that the third of a series
of planned conferences, with the aim to find a consensus on the issue of
additional bilingual signs in southern Carinthia, will take place on April
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