Quo Vadis German Costa Nachrichten?
Screwed up understanding of integration or hidden election campaign or what?
Under the headline: „Successful integration: A German woman on the Costa Blanca scores with Valenciano“, the German newspaper Costa Nachrichten published this week a curious article, in which a German woman is presented, who learns Valenciano and was therefore interviewed by the Valencian television station „A Punt“.
In the article, statements emerge such as, „After all, I'm taking a Valenciano course to integrate myself“ and (the) „Love of the regional culture will certainly have been one reason why Teulada-Moraira's Compromís party knocked on the German's door for a place on the list for the 2023 municipal elections. She ... One more building block for successful integration, to which not only, but certainly also the Valenciano, so hated by many foreign residents“ ... and that she is married to a „real Valencian“.
Statements that, in my opinion, require a closer look, because basically it is not worth a newspaper report if someone learns another language.
Ideology vs. reality
As a foreigner in Catalonia
Under the headline „Sublime response of a Frenchman when he stays in a hotel in Catalonia and he is addressed in Catalan“, el.Catalán.es reports this weekend about the stay of a Spanish-speaking Frenchman in Catalonia.
It happens again and again that separatists think that foreigners coming to Catalonia should speak Catalan. I myself can tell of such experiences. For example, my sons (fluent in Spanish) and I were asked to speak English instead at a campsite. However, this form of communication failed due to the lack of English skills of our separatism inclined interlocutors.
Step back on language rights for Spaniards
Wednesday 19 April, the organisation „Hablamos Español“ published an „Assessment ...of the rejection of the constitutional complaint against the Celaá law“.
The core of this law means that the Spanish language will be deprived of its status as a lingua franca. „This will open up the possibility for the supporters of the separatists, whether in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands or Galicia, to increase the compulsory use of the regional language and to ban Spanish completely or even more from public schools,“ I wrote when the law was passed in December 2020. Nachdenkseiten.de had kindly published an article with a comprehensive explanation by me on this.
In fact, language imposition has since increased in many Spanish autonomous regions with regional language. Most recently, especially in Catalonia, where the highest Catalan and Spanish courts had ruled that pupils must be taught at least 25% of their lessons in Spanish, and where the Catalan government refuses to implement these rulings and is doing everything it can to banish all Spanish.
Catalan as an official language in Valencia?
Open letter to the WDR Broadcasting Board
WDR is a public broadcaster in North Rhine-Westphalia that is part of Germany's state broadcasting system and is compulsorily financed by all German households. On March 29, 2023, WDR broadcasted a report on the Catalonia conflict titled: ?Catalonia and Independence: A Dream Divides Society.?. This report is, in my opinion, tendentious and makes objectively false claims regarding the language situation in this conflict. I have written an open letter to the Broadcasting Council, which by its own admission represents ?the interests of the general public?.
Although the report is in German and cannot be understood by most English-speaking readers of my blog, I decided to communicate this open letter in English as well, because in it I show how manipulative the separatists are and how their influence even on foreign public media works.
Wikipedia - Chatgpt and many more
Reliable data on native languages in Spain
In discussions about the political influence of separatism and language imposition in Spain, the question of reliable data and facts comes up again and again.
As the newest instrument chatgpt, a product of the so-called artificial intelligence, offers itself since the beginning of 2023. I tested it once with the question: „What percentage of Catalans have Spanish as their mother tongue?“
No slackening on the language imposition
Daily small war and big politics
You could almost think that there is no longer a language imposition in Spain because everything seems so calm. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case.
It's just not worth describing every single case every day when attention is distracted by big politics. But there too, something is now happening in the European Parliament which, despite its questionable democratic significance, is not entirely without importance.
What purpose does it serve?
Genderism, wokeism and language imposition
The year before last (2021), various newspapers ran the headline: Volkswagen Group (VW) forces employees to gender. (Underlining by me) With this, the company only followed the practice of Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, which has practiced genderism since 2018. Lower Saxony and the federal government are the most important shareholders of VW due to the German VW law.
This practice of language imposition is now being considered and/or introduced by more and more (especially DAX [ German Stock exchange index] ) company boards. Despite the rejection and the resistance of the population. With the Wokeism (e.g. Mother and Father Replaced by Parent 1 and Parent 2 in US passports) a list of words has been added, which one may not use any longer.
What does this have to do with the language impositions of various Spanish regional governments?
Persistent and tiring
All quiet on the language front
„All quiet on the Western front“ is a book that was first adapted into a movie by Americans in 1930 and most recently for Netflix in 2022 in German. The content in brief: On the German Western Front in World War I, there are constant skirmishes and battles with no decisive gains in terrain. The main character, Paul Bäumer, witnesses the deaths of all his comrades, and he himself dies senselessly near the end of the war in 1918, the last of his unit to die. The army report of that day reports that there is nothing new on the Western front.
Of course, one cannot compare the language dispute in Spain with this war. Nevertheless, there are two points that are worth reflecting on.