Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Germany

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers released a new report in June that calls on Germany to step up efforts in favour of regional and minority languages.
The evaluation report, drafted by a committee of independent experts, recommends Germany to continue and step up measures to teach North Frisian in Schleswig-Holstein and Sater Frisian in Lower Saxony.
It invites Germany to provide adequate radio and television broadcasting in regional and minority languages. Although public service broadcasting “continues to be good for some regional or minority languages, in particular for Upper Sorbian”, according to the report, other languages are “insufficiently offered” including Danish, North Frisian, Sater Frisian and Romani.

Boarne: Mercator News Letter, Number 103 – July/August 2014

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