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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE FEDERAL UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONALITIES with its 84 member organisations in 31 European countries is the largest umbrella organisation of the autochthonous, national minorities in Europe.

FACTS: In the 45 states belonging to Europe live 337 ethnic and national minorities with almost 105 million members. This corresponds to about 14 % of the total population.

The number of peoples in Europe amounts to 87 of which 33 peoples belong to a kin-state.

Europe has a total of 90 languages of which 37 are used as national languages and 53 languages count as "non kin-state" (Sorbian, Frisian, Rhaetian). According to official numbers of the EU, 40 million citizens of the expanded European Union use a regional- or minority language. This corresponds to almost ten percent of the citizens of the Union.


FEDERAL UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONALITIES
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The FUEN explores co-operation in Strasbourg - Minorities in the European Parliament

To initiate a strengthened co-operation between the European minorities and the European Parliament a delegation of the FUEN is visiting the European Parliament in Strasbourg under the leadership of FUEN-President Hans Heinrich Hansen on Thursday the 25th October.

The aim of the gathering is to discuss the idea of a minority representation in the European Parliament, which is supported by the interfractional Intergroup in the European Parliament.

"With the European Parliament and especially the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities we have a strong advocate. Also the President of Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering has commented on the vital significance of the minorities in Europe in a recent letter to us. Together with the representatives we will consider how a formalised co-operation between the Parliament and the FUEN, as civil society's representative of the autochthonous minorities, is possible," explains FUEN-President Hans Heinrich Hansen, who in this connection could imagine an advisory board in the Parliament, where the minorities can present their their concerns.

The invitation to the meeting in the European Parliament is extended jointly by the President of the Intergroup, Mr. Csaba Tabajdi, and FUEN-President, Mr. Hans Heinrich Hansen.

For further information and press information please contact: FUEN/YEN-representative Jan Diedrichsen, +45 22 30 88 76, info@living-diversity.eu
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter Sutherland of the Federal Trust http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/ has produced this pamphlet: http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/admin/uploads/Essay41_Sutherland.pdf called Fog in Westminster Europe Cut Off, that reviews the often stormy relationship between the United Kingdoms various governments and European integration. Sutherland documents the decades of wasted opportunities, europhobia and anti EU populism. He describes clearly the cowardice both Tory and labour governments have shown in broaching the core European issues with the UK public.

Neither party, in Peter Sutherland’s opinion, has had the “courage to explain to the British electorate that political integration within the European Union is central to the way the Union works, that the European institutions are a necessary part of this integration … and that political integration is beneficial to those who participate in it.”

This pamphlet is a must for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the UK in Europe and in particular help burst some europhobic bubbles.

Taken from the OurKingdom blog: http://ourkingdom.opendemocracy.net/2008/02/04/fog-in-westminster-by-peter-sutherland-federal-trust/

There are at least two fatal flaws in this conspiracy theory of federalism. The first is that it in no way relates the reality: what Jacques Delors once described as “a federalising European Union” is characterised as much by devolution of power downwards (to regions and communities) as it is upwards to the EU itself. The second is that it fails to recognise that EU member states have been and continue to be willing to share sovereignty through binding legal and political processes to confront challenges and problems which defy solution at the purely national level. Indeed Sutherland might have made more of the fact that policies get transferred from the dimension of inter-governmental cooperation to decision making at the EU level, when hard experience has repeatedly demonstrated the poverty of actual results from mere “cooperation.”

After a quick glance at the Federal Trust website another document produced by Dr Thomas lane called Regionalism and the Conditions for a New International Organisation: http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/uploads/Essay42_Lane.pdf catches the eye. Not being the only Cornish person who is generally positive about European integration I'm sure that I am not alone in wishing to see a decisive commitment from European regionalists / federalists to the stateless nations and natural historic regions that are the bedrock of Europe.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good article from Britology Watch: http://britologywatch.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/england-the-inconvenient-nation-blocking-european-federation/

An interesting if a little reductionist description of the Anglo-Saxon V European intellectual traditions.

This will no doubt please the europhobes on this board but I would ask where do we the Cornish want to be, where do we see our future lying? The Anglo-Saxon or European sphere.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This should go here really:

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Cornishminer, did you know that every year Westminster has been extracting approximately six times more cash from Cornwall than we got from the EU in Objective One funding? In other words Westminster has been completely sabotaging the EU policy of 'economic convergence' ('improving the economies of lagging regions') regarding Cornwall.

In 2000 (the last year for which I have complete figures to hand) Westminster milked 300 million pounds sterling from the Cornish economy.

I am talking about the pure profit which the London regime makes out of Cornwall - after every benefit coming in from or via Westminster is allowed for (grants of all sorts, pensions, sick pay, unemployment benefit, social security payment, NHS funding, road works, funding for new and maintenance infrastructure costs etc etc. AND including EU funding - after all that is accounted for the amount extracted from Cornwall in taxes exceeded the amount coming in by 300 million pounds (in the year 2000). It will be considerably more today.

(Banks, building societies and insurance took out another 200 million or so. I have no figures on profits from the 'chain economy' - firms with branches in Cornwall which send their profits elsewhere, but it is likely to be aconsiderable amount. If we became politically independent we could 'encourage' such firms to spend more of their profits in Cornwall in a number of ways. Cornish financial institutions - banks, building societies, insurance companies - could be set up by the Cornish State which would reinvest profits and deposits within Cornwall.)

If enough Cornish people became economically literate and told Westminster to get its tanks and its civil servants off our lawn and Cornwall applied to join the EU, we could matchfund that 300 (plus!) million with another 300 million from the EU and our economy would be 600 million better off PER ANNUM - which could provide seed-corn capital at low interest to kick-start our economy, stop Cornish people from being frozen out of the housing market, give us all the new hospitals we might need and still have change....

At that rate it would be interesting to see how soon we could catch up with Luxembourg which has the highest GDP and the highest standard of living index in Europe (plus a far more laid-back lifestyle than it's next door neighbours!) Luxembourg is slightly smaller than Cornwall, with a slightly smaller population, no advantage in its wealth of natural resources and a big disadvantage in that it totally lacks a coastline and ports. BUT they do not have a rapacious occupying power taxing their economy to death.

In case you are wondering, Scotland and Wales are also net contributors to the so-called 'British' economy, too - i.e. they pay far more into the Whitehall and Westminster regime than they get out of it. (Tory press propaganda that Scotland and Wales are 'subsidised' is twisting the facts. Yes, they pay slightly less per capita into the London bottomless pit than the English and the Cornish, but they are still net contributors. If a burglar stole £100 from you and £120 from your neighbour, would you be subsidising your neighbour?

Scotland and Wales pay less per capita because the London regime are trying to discourage the nationalist vote and stave off independence so that they don't lose the golden stream of Scottish and Welsh tax revenues. If enough people voted MK we would be in the same position. Wake up!

Any Cornish person who supports English political parties such as Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, etc. is supporting an English rip-off of Cornwall. Any Cornish person who supports UKIP, BNP etc. is doing the same but in addition supporting overt anti-Cornish propoganda and poilicies (quite apart from a nasty streak of racism).

The English parties rely on the politically and economically uneducated for their support in Cornwall.

Get wise, get educated and help to get the English Pickpocket State out of Cornwall!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick post to introduce two new website of interest.

The first is from the NGO Minority Rights Group International and is a directory of world minority groups. The link is:World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples.

It has a section on the UK and a space for the Cornish but information is very thin. Perhaps our Cornish and Celtic groups should contact them and help MRG to flesh out their directory a bit. Anyway it still does offer a bit of recognition to the Cornish.

The second site comes from the European Free Alliance youth movement. The link is: Diversity is Richness

It offers an interesting way to explore other European nations in a similar position to Kernow and again offers us a bit more recognition.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The work of the Cornish organisation CERES: http://www.springerlink.com/content/v28l27tw4252837r/

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Summary: CERES is a not-for-profit organisation which provides cultural heritage links between Cornwall and the wider Europe. Cornwall possesses a vibrant cultural heritage stemming from Celtic origins; a heritage which has contributed significantly to the European mosaic. From the outset the policy of CERES was to establish links at working levels in the European Commission and Parliament, and similarly in the Council of Europe and with organisations such as the European Cultural Foundation. This policy has been maintained with success and the Secretariat's pioneering approaches laid foundations that led to a greater European awareness of Cornwall and to Cornish participation in a variety of heritage programmes and projects.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some recent Cornish developments on the Internet to report.

The first is a great new portal to some authentic Cornish culture. Just about everything is here under you finger tips to explore. Food, festivals, sport, institutions, language....I could go on. Well done to those involved!

The Link: Cornish Culture

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Next, what a good idea, a Cornish language forum where all the interminable squabbling about orthographies is outlawed. Only positive and constructive comments, in Cornish or English, welcome. If you've every fancied learning one of Europe's oldest languages this new forum will prove a useful resource.

Ottomma assay nowyth gwruthyl keskowsva yn hag a-dro dhe'n taves Kernewek - yn unn asa an breselyow-lytherennans a-denewen...

Keskowsva an Gernewegva yw spas may hyll pub dyskor, dyskador po Kerneweger freth dadhla a-dro dhe oll an maters usi ow tochya orth an yeth *marnas onan* (an vresel yntra'n systemow lytherennans).

Rag omjunnya, nyns yw res ri agas henwyn, nyns yw res usya neb system lytherennans, ha nyns yw res sywya neb linen-barti sodhogel.

Gwren ni gweres an eyl y gila keffrys ha'n dhyskoryon. Re a dus re gemeras digolon gans an omladhow y'n termyn eus passys!

(English translation) Here's a new attempt to create a forum in and about the Cornish language - while leaving the spelling wars out of the game...

Keskowsva an Gernewegva is a space where every learner, teacher or fluent speaker of Cornish can discuss all matters related to the language *except one* (the war between spelling systems).

In order to join, you don't need to give your name(s), use any single orthography, or tread any official party line.

Let's just help one another and the learners. Too many people have been scared away by the in-fighting in the past.

The Link: Keskowsva an Gernewegva

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Finally a new blog on Cornish cultural and community news called Cornwall Info has been launched by a local company. Perfect for keeping up-to-date on events in our little Cornish Duchy.

Link here: Cornwall Info
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