South Tyroleans Bide Their Time

Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, Italy, July 30, 2007
Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, Italy, July 30, 2007 (gigi62)

An Austrian proposal to extend dual citizenship to German-speaking inhabitants of South Tyrol has heightened already tense relations with Italy over the region.

However, secession — in the wake of failed independence bids in Catalonia and Scotland — remains unlikely. Read more “South Tyroleans Bide Their Time”

South Tyrolean Separatists Reject Alliance with Center-Left

Bolzano Italy
Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, Italy, July 30, 2007 (gigi62)

When Italians elect a new parliament later this month, the German-speaking minority in the far north of the country will be doing so with independence on their minds.

As in other rich parts of Europe, the inhabitants of South Tyrol feel they are being asked to contribute more than their fair share to the country’s recovery. Read more “South Tyrolean Separatists Reject Alliance with Center-Left”

South Tyrol Resists Austerity, Contemplates Secession

Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, Italy, July 30, 2007
Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, Italy, July 30, 2007 (gigi62)

As Italy struggles to find its way out of the financial crisis, German speakers in the far north of the country are growing restless.

South Tyrol, one of the wealthiest parts of Italy, already enjoys a high degree of self-government. The autonomist People’s Party, which favors the status quo, controls three out of five municipalities as well as a majority of the seats in the regional legislature.

But a smaller and more radical party, South Tyrolean Freedom, is gaining in popularity. It wants a referendum on independence before Italian parliamentary elections can be held next year. Read more “South Tyrol Resists Austerity, Contemplates Secession”