Sunday, 16 October 2016

Merch yr Eog/ Mer'ch an Eog

Merch yr Eog/ Mer'ch an Eog
, Theatr Genedlaethol, Pontio - Art Scene in Wales

At its heart is a collaboration with Theatr Piba from Brittany, producing a play in three languages: Welsh, Breton and French. 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Un ton nevez eus tu-all mor breizh - Ya !

Thursday, 15 September 2016

KENAVO MARTIAL- Tributes Paid To Breton Language Campaigner

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Europe? Yes, but a democratic one - Comments from Brittany

The regionalist candidate for the French presidential elections, Christian Troadec, had the following to say on the European Union:

In reality, the European Union is a wilfully unfinished construction because the member-states have struggled hold on to all their powers. And today the principal decisions are not taken by the Commission but by the member-states via the "European Council" (the heads of state or heads of government deciding by consensus) or via the Council of Ministers.

Even if, after numerous reforms, a power of co-decision making has been given to the European Parliament in a certain number of areas, the system has stayed "intergovernmental" in that it is still the member-states that decide. One must add that MEP's, elected in a national framework, are supposed to support the view point of their state, above all political divisions. This is the system of a Europe of member-states i.e that of national self-interest. 

The complexity of the system is often denigrated by those that put it in place. They often denounce, often hypocritically, the "Brussels Technocracy" that is only interested in creating absurd norms and interferes in everything. 

It is this complexity that serves a good number of politicians so that they may blame the EU for their own failures. The slogans are well known: "It's the EU's fault!" or "Brussels insists that...".

The debate around Brexit has been an eye-opener in this regard. The critics of the EU have said everything and its opposite, but in response, the arguments to defend Europe were weakened by the impossibility to show what was the place of EU-citizens in decision making, and what exactly was their influence. The opacity, the complexity of the system serves as a pretext to blame the EU for the failure of certain member-states' policies and their leaders. 

The whole article can be found here: L’Europe oui, mais une Europe démocratique ! The French section from which the above was translated is here below. Please feel free to comment on my translation.

En réalité l’Union Européenne est une construction volontairement inachevée parce que les États se sont efforcés de ne rien lâcher de leurs pouvoirs. Et aujourd’hui les décisions principales ne sont pas prises par la Commission mais par les États dans le cadre du « Conseil Européen » (les Chefs d’États ou de gouvernement se prononçant en principe par consensus) ou dans le cadre du « Conseil » des ministres.

Même si au fil des réformes, un pouvoir de co-décision a été reconnu au Parlement Européen dans un certain nombre de domaines, le système est resté « intergouvernemental » en ce sens que ce sont toujours les États qui décident. Il faut ajouter à cela que les députés européens, élus dans un cadre national sont sommés de soutenir le point de vue de leur État, au besoin par delà les clivages politiques. C’est le système de l’Europe des États, c’est à dire celle des égoïsmes nationaux !

La complexité du système est souvent dénigrée par ceux qui l’ont mis en place. Ils dénoncent souvent de façon souvent hypocrite la « technocratie de Bruxelles » qui n’aurait que le souci de créer des normes absurdes et qui se mêlerait de tout.

C’est cette complexité qui sert d’argument à bon nombre de responsables politiques pour faire porter à l’Union la responsabilité de leurs propres échecs. Les formules sont bien connues : « c’est la faute de l’Europe ! » ou encore « Bruxelles exige que …».

Les débats autour du Brexit ont été révélateurs à cet égard. Les détracteurs de l’Union Européenne ont tout dit et son contraire, mais en face les arguments pour défendre l’Europe étaient affaiblis par l’impossibilité de montrer quelle était la place des citoyens européens dans les décisions et quelle était leur influence. L’opacité, la complexité du système servent de prétexte pour faire porter à l’Europe l’échec de la politique de certains États et de leurs dirigeants.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Breton Team Take Part In GAA World Games 2016

Friday, 5 August 2016

Alsace: The Last Chance?

OK, it's about Alsace but much of it applies to Brittany as well. Well worth a watch to understnd the problems facing minority languages within the French state.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

After Brexit, a message of hope from Brittany.

Lavaret o deus “leave” hag “out”, da lavaret eo ‘kuitaat’ hag ‘er-maez’. N’eo ket deomp-ni da varn anezho evel-just, met ur wech c’hoazh e teu diouzhtu war hor muzelloù al lavar kozh “ar Saozon milliget !”, hag e chomomp un tammig sabatuet. Kement a liammoù hon eus savet gant Breizh-Veur abaoe hanter kant vloaz ma ouezomp mat e kendalc’himp da vont di, hag int-i da zont amañ, nemet marteze e kousto keroc’h dezho peogwir ec’h izelaio al lur saoz. Gant ma ne vo ket lakaet en arvar ar B.A.I. ! 

They have said 'leave' and 'out'. Obviously, it is not for us to judge them, but once more that old saying "perfidious Albion!" hovers on our lips, and we stair in disbelief.  So many connections we have created with Great Britain over 50 years, we know we will continue to go there and they come here except, maybe, it will cost them more because the pound will be weaker. Here is hoping the B. A. I * will not be put in danger. 

Anat a-walc’h e oa e votfe Bro-Skos evit chom en Europa : o c’hoant da vezañ dizalc’h diouzh Bro-Saoz a zo atav ken kreñv, hag ar “Brexit” a roio tro dezho da lakaat war-sav ur referendom all. N’hon eus ket santet an hevelep c’hoant e Kerne-Veur ’lec’h ma vedomp eizhteiz ’zo. Er c’hontrol, niverus ’oa ar panelloù “leave” er vro-se, bet sikouret kalz koulskoude gant an Europa evit he hentoù. Gwir eo ivez ez eus deuet kalz tud da chom e Kerne-Veur evit o retred, hag eo echu amzer ar vengleuzioù-staen ha zoken ar pri-gwenn. War zisteraat eo aet Kerne-Veur, ha pa ’z a fall an traoù e vez ret atav kavout ur bouc’h da vazhataat, amañ an Europa !

It was fairly obvious that Scotland would vote to stay in Europe; wanting to be independent from England is still so strong and "Brexit" will give them the opportunity to set up another referendum. We have not felt the same desire in Cornwall where I was eight days ago. On the contrary, the "leave" posters were numerous in this country (Cornwall) aided a lot nevertheless by Europe for its roads. It is also true that a lot of people have come to live in Cornwall for their retirement, and finished is the time of the tin mines, and even china clay, Cornwall has faded, and when things go badly it is always necessary to find a cow to beat (scape goat), this time Europe.

Kenderc’hel a raimp koulskoude da vont di, rak kalz eus hor gwrizioù a zo eno, hag an doare ma ’z omp bet degemeret e St-Day, e Kea, e Sclerder, e St-Neot… a lavar deomp ez omp breudeur, hag eo a bouez bras evidomp ’vel evito magañ an darempredoù-se a dosta hor broioù an eil ouzh eben. Disparti ar “Brexit” ne ’z a ket betek donded hor c’halon, hag an harzoù a zo graet evit bezañ treuzet !.

We will continue to go there however because a lot of our roots are there, and the way in which we were welcomed in St Day, Kea, Sclerder, St Neot.... tells us we are brothers, and it is so important for us, as for them (the Cornish), to nurture these connections that bring our countries closer one to another. The seperation of "Brexit" will not reach the depths of our hearts, and borders are for being crossed!

The original article by JOB AN IRIEN can be found here; Brexit - Ya ! Ya Bzh / Keleier e brezhoneg - kazetenn enlinenn | Ya ! Ya Bzh / Keleier e brezhoneg - kazetenn enlinenn

* Don't know what BAI is. 


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