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Thursday, 11 october 2012 | Financial Times


Recommended article: "Madrid sparks Catalan language debate" by Miles Johnson and Sophie Cohen

We want to recommend the article "Madrid sparks Catalan language debate" by Miles Johnson and Sophie Cohen in teh Financial Times.

Some excerpts:

Spain’s government risked inflaming tensions with Catalonia when it said school students from the north-eastern region should be “Hispanicised” by bringing the curriculum under greater central control. 
(...) Catalan, which was banned under Franco, has become the dominant language among Catalonia’s 7.6m people, and is deemed a vital underpinning of its sense of nationhood.

The reopening of the debate over central control of language and curriculum in schools comes amid a surge in popular separatist sentiment in Catalonia, with the region’s politicians having declared their intentions to hold a referendum on independence if November elections provide a mandate for one.

(...) In 2009, the Catalan government passed a law to further protect the status of Catalan within the regions’ schools and to “reinforce the importance of Catalan and the way it is taught, being as it is Catalonia’s own language and a factor of social inclusion”.

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