Extreme Spanish nationalists act like the CDR
Amnesty or deal?
The socialist Spanish President Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) has negotiated an amnesty with the leader of Junts (conservative separatists), Carles Puigdemont, so that Junts will give him their vote in the parliamentary re-election on November 27.
Protests against such an amnesty have been taking place for days by conservative Spanish nationalists all over Spain, which have now been used by fascist elements to use massive violence in front of the PSOE headquarters in Madrid. This is a situation that we are otherwise familiar with from the separatist CDR (Comités de Defensa de la República) in Barcelona.
But there are also calls for demonstrations in Valencia against the amnesty and attempts to be taken in by the Catalan separatists (No als Països Catalans). There are even fears that Sánchez wants to grant the separatists an unconstitutional referendum in order to maintain his power.
What justifies a fight for independence?
Peace and freedom with Països Catalans?
The president of the Valencian Community, Carlos Mazón, fights in the Senate against separatism. He protests: „The Valencian Community is not Catalonia“ and accuses Catalan President Aragonès of insulting Valencians with his references to the „Països Catalans“ (Catalan lands).
Those who have followed the complications in the formation of the government in Spain know that the incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has allowed three regional languages, Basque, Galician and Catalan for official use in the Spanish Parliament, disregarding Valenciano1.
In this context, Sánchez also allows Catalan embassies to act on behalf of a Catalan state, Vozpopuli reported on Oct. 13. Only he has not yet given in to the demands of Catalan separatists to hold a referendum on independence.
Away from the political games of the Spanish ruling parties, the question arises under which circumstances could a referendum for independence be legitimate and worthy of support at all?
Sexual education in foreign language
Why parents should decide on the language of instruction
In Vinarós, a town in the Comunidad Valenciana, a book in Valenciano is being offered for sex education in school. There is resistance to this, as El País reported this week.
The right-wing VOX had vetoed it in the town hall, citing many complaints from parents, and the socialist mayor Guillem Alsina accused VOX of „idological politicization.“
It is possible to have different opinions about the sexual education of children. The extremes are certainly VOX - influenced by the Spanish Catholic Church with its Francist tradition - and those ideologists who see more than two sexes. But that is not the point here.
How politicians understand citizens' rights
citizens' rights for sale
It has been decided that Galician, Basque and Catalan, but not Valenciano, will be allowed as languages in the Spanish Parliament and the necessary funds have been made available for this with immediate effect. González Pons, spokesperson for the Partido Popular Europeo (PPE) notes: „This means that Valenciano will be abolished as a language and can be considered Catalan in Congress and in Europe.“
José Antonio Rovira, new Valencian Education Minister, demands: „We want Valencian children to learn Valenciano and not Catalan“.
In July, families were still explicitly demanding: „an end to the 'linguistic imposition' of Valencianio not only in Castilian-speaking areas“. On 24 September, Mazón, the new Valencian president, instead decreed that he would „abolish the 'language policy' and the imposition of Valenciano in Castilian-speaking areas.“
Language imposition as a means of politics
Can Spain learn from the war in Ukraine?
For anyone who reads more than just the German leading media, it has been obvious for some time that NATO's war against Russia in Ukraine in its current form will most likely come to an end this autumn. Russia is the winner so far, militarily and economically. The main losers are the Ukrainian and Russian victims. Unfortunately, this does not secure peace and the further course of the conflict remains speculative.
It remains an interesting question to what extent Ukraine's language policy, which suppresses the minority languages Hungarian, Romanian and Russian, played a part in the warlike development and what could be learned from it in Spain.
Triumph for a future Catalan empire?
In order to secure his seat as prime minister, Pedro Sanchez promised the Catalans that Catalan would not only be allowed as a language in the Spanish parliament, but that the EU would also have Catalan as an official language.
Of course, the Galicians and the Basques immediately shouted „we too!“ and were included on Sanchez's wish list. Were the Valencians forgotten? Can this be explained by the fact that the Catalans see the Balearic Islands and Valencia as part of their empire and that Sanchez has therefore not forgotten Valencia, but has simply followed the wishes of the „Països Catalans“?
In search of explanations
Is that left-wing politics?
Yolanda Diaz launched the left-wing movement SUMAR in Spain and, together with the social-democratic PSOE, achieved a result in the July 23 elections that would allow the left to take over the government if they formed an alliance with the more or less separatist movements in the corresponding autonomous regions of Spain.
In order to make such an alliance possible, she has now offered that all languages spoken in Spain should be allowed in the Spanish parliament.
What does this mean for working Spaniards, for whom the Spanish left feels responsible?
Antonio Jimeno comments
It is much more than the language of instruction
I The president of the teachers' union AMES, Antonio Jimeno, wrote a commentary on the expected language policy under the above-mentioned title and „The teaching of the mother tongue should continue until the end of primary Elementary School, that is, until the age of 11.“ The Elementary school in Spain usually lasts 6 years, after which the ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education) follows.
I have translated the comment.
Between the elections
What's next for the language imposition?
I know some, whether Spanish or EU citizens, who voted for VOX in the local and regional elections on May 28, 2023 because they want to send their children to school again without language imposition and without extreme sex education. Others were more concerned with the social issues associated with a vote against the expected PP-VOX coalition.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, after the huge losses in these elections, has set a national parliamentary election (in which EU citizens are not eligible to vote) for July 23. Thus, Spain is in a phase in which all parties, on the one hand, still have to uphold the election promises, and on the other hand, should already take decisions in the regional governments and town halls.
A strong announcement
Get the ideology out of the classrooms
The new Valencian president announced that he had already named the person for the Ministry of Education who would put an end to ideology in the classrooms. „This ministry is the most sensitive area of the future government with Vox, the first in a community with a two official languages.“ (El Mundo)
This announcement coincides with a ruling by the highest Valencian court that wants to put an end to „discrimination against Spanish in classrooms“ (Las Provincias)
What can we expect from these promises?
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.