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Spain’s Basque Country glimpses peace despite political barriers

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On the anniversary of ETA’s bloodiest attack, there is hope that a definitive end to the violence is now looming.

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | 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 »

A shift in the Basque Country despite Sortu’s prohibition

Political stalemate in Madrid is not helping the Basque Country move closer to peace. Photo: www_ukberri_net (flickr).

The Spanish High Court recently ruled that a new Basque nationalist party should not be allowed to run in upcoming elections due to its alleged links to ETA. However, while the tribal tone of politics in Madrid made that ruling inevitable, there are signs that there are many in the Basque region – and the judiciary itself – who disagree.

April 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

With Sortu banned, what now for radical Basque nationalists?

The Supreme Court’s decision to prevent the new nationalist party from running in elections follows an intense and not always helpful debate.

March 24th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Sortu puts spotlight on Spanish justice system

New party, new logo... but will it be legal?

The unveiling of a new Basque pro-independence party that rejects ETA violence is a major development. Giving its request to run in local elections a fair hearing would reflect well on Spain’s courts, given the maelstrom of political feeling that surrounds this issue.

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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