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The end of ETA violence offers Spain’s cynical politicos a fresh start

The end is nigh for ETA.

The Basque terrorist group’s announcement that it has ended its campaign of violence should end four decades of division and tragedy. But it also represents an opportunity for the country’s politicians to start showing some badly needed statesmanship.

October 21st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | 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 »

Batasuna does legwork as ETA inches towards Basque peace

While a number of factors influence and complicate current attempts to ensure a lasting peace in the Basque region, the changing relationship between ETA and its political wing is at the heart of this process.

November 5th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Basque ceasefire offers Zapatero illusion of a lifeline

James Badcock examines the political implications of ETA’s latest ceasefire and sees little room for manoeuvre on the part of the Socialist government.

September 6th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Optimism at ETA truce is tempered by bitter experience

The Basque group’s much-anticipated announcement of a truce is welcome but does not go nearly far enough to convince the government -or Spanish public opinion- that it is yet committed to peace.

September 5th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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