The president of the Basque Socialist Party has been a provocative figure in Spanish politics in recent years. But a year after ETA declared the end of its campaign of violence, it’s time to acknowledge his efforts to bring about peace in the Basque Country.
Basques and Galicians will vote in regional elections on October 21st. Iberosphere editor Guy Hedgecoe looks ahead to the Basque vote and some of the possible post-election coalitions that could emerge from it.
The announcement of early elections was a chance for the Basque premier to highlight how far the northern region has come in recent years. But despite the decline of ETA, the political horizon now looks decidedly tense.
The Supreme Court’s decision to prevent the new nationalist party from running in elections follows an intense and not always helpful debate.