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ETA probably hasn’t been as prominent this year as it might have hoped. The political mainstream and many Spaniards received the armed Basque seperatist group’s January announcement of a “permanent and general” ceasefire with suspicion and a shrug. What people wanted to hear from the Basque terrorist organisation was a clear decision to end its […]

December 12th, 2011 | Posted in Iberians 2011 | Read More »

In Basque Country, ETA’s silence is democracy’s gain

ETA: Whistling into the wind of public suspicion.

A year on from the separatist group’s ceasefire announcement, ETA is weaker than ever and a peace process looks highly unlikely. But with the emergence of a new nationalist coalition, the Basque region is politically healthier.

September 9th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

ETA stumbles to ceasefire but can it convince?

ETA announces its truce: another ceasefire, another disappointment?

The Basque group’s recent history has been plagued by logistical weakness and political errors. Few are celebrating its latest truce even though it offers real hope of peace and an end to ETA’s campaign of violence.

January 10th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

Politics is ETA’s problem as it seeks global stage

The Basque separatist group wants its conflict with the Spanish state to be an issue with international repercussions. But despite the efforts of a high-profile group of mediators, Spain’s political situation and ETA’s complex relationship with its political support make progress towards lasting peace extremely difficult.

April 9th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

How long can ETA ride on?

The Basque terrorist group has been severely weakened by a string of arrests and sustained judicial pressure on its sympathizers and supporters. But so long as it is able to recruit new members we might not see the end of ETA for some time yet.

February 24th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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