Basque politics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23620/all en Spanish regions angry at "provocative" defence minister speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Clare Kane</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Two Spanish regions with strong<br /> independence movements reacted angrily on Monday to a speech by<br /> the country's defence minister that said the military was<br /> prepared and calm in the face of "absurd provocations".</p> <p>Defence Minister Pedro Morenes made the comments at Spain's<br /> annual Epiphany military parade on Sunday, provoking reaction<br /> from politicians in Catalonia, where leaders are moving towards<br /> a referendum on independence from Spain, and the Basque Country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Basque conflict Basque nationalism Basque politics Batasuna Catalonia ETA Europe Francoist Spain Person Career Politics Politics of Spain Quotation Spain Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:21:49 +0000 5731376 at http://www.globalpost.com British judge orders extradition of ETA fugitive to Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/british-judge-orders-extradition-eta-fugitive-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A British judge on Friday approved the extradition to Spain of Antonio Troitino Arranz, a fugitive member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who has been convicted of 22 murders.</p> <p>Judge Michael Snow said he was satified that the European warrant under which the 55-year-old Spaniard was arrested in London last year complied with his human rights.</p> <p>"I order his surrender to Spain," he told Westminster Magistrates Court in London.</p> <p>Troitino's lawyers said they would appeal the extradition order. They have seven days to file the papers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/british-judge-orders-extradition-eta-fugitive-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:30:20 +0000 5743785 at http://www.globalpost.com ETA's ex-military chief expresses 'regret' for victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/etas-ex-military-chief-expresses-regret-victims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The former military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA on Monday expressed "regret" for the victims of the banned group's violent campaign for a homeland straddling France and Spain.</p> <p>Miguel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, also known as Txeroki, said ETA "regrets the damage" caused to victims as he appeared along with nine other suspected ETA members in a Paris court on charges of kidnapping a Spanish couple and their son in France in 2007. </p> <p>A Spanish court in 2011 sentenced him in absentia to 377 years in prison for 20 attempted assassinations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/etas-ex-military-chief-expresses-regret-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:46:24 +0000 5758980 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain PM demands 'definitive' break-up of ETA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/spain-pm-demands-definitive-break-eta <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted Thursday on the "definitive disbandment" of the Basque separatist group ETA, after one of its former leaders voiced regret for victims of its attacks.</p> <p>"The most important thing is that ETA take a definitive decision, that they agree on it and announce it to the public, for its definitive disbandment as a terrorist organisation," Rajoy told parliament.</p> <p>ETA is blamed for 829 killings in a four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings for an independent Basque homeland in parts of northern Spain and southern France.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/spain-pm-demands-definitive-break-eta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics ETA Government of Spain Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:45:38 +0000 5762130 at http://www.globalpost.com France charges two alleged ETA members http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/france-charges-two-alleged-eta-members <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France has charged two alleged members of Basque separatist group ETA and ordered them held without bail after their arrest last week in the central town of Moulins, a judicial source said Tuesday.</p> <p>Oier Ibarguren Sarasola, a 26-year-old among the most wanted ETA members in Spain, was arrested along with Montxo Arkaitz Varea Echeverria, 30, as they emerged from a hotel in Moulins around midday on Thursday.</p> <p>Sarasola was allegedly carrying a nine-millimetre pistol when arrested.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/france-charges-two-alleged-eta-members" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics ETA Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:15:45 +0000 5766995 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313-14 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French court sentences ETA's ex-military chief Txeroki to 20 years</p> <p>spe/ng/thm/jls/mfp/jmm</p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:46:13 +0000 5782491 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ French court sentences ETA ex-military chief to 20 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/urgent-french-court-sentences-eta-ex-military-chief-20-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Paris court on Wednesday sentenced the former military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA to 20 years in prison on charges including the 2007 kidnapping in France of a Spanish couple and their son.</p> <p>Three co-accused were given the same sentence as their former leader, Miguel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, also known as Txeroki. The six remaining ETA members on trial were sentenced to terms ranging from eight to 18 years.</p> <p>spe/jmm/bm </p> Basque politics ETA Politics Politics of Spain AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:18:15 +0000 5782519 at http://www.globalpost.com French court sentences ETA ex-military chief to 20 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/french-court-sentences-eta-ex-military-chief-20-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Paris court on Wednesday sentenced the former military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA to 20 years in prison on charges including the 2007 kidnapping in France of a Spanish couple and their son.</p> <p>Three co-accused were given the same sentence as their former leader, Miguel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, also known as Txeroki. The six remaining ETA members on trial were sentenced to terms ranging from eight to 18 years.</p> <p>A Spanish court in 2011 sentenced Txeroki in absentia to 377 years in prison for 20 attempted assassinations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/french-court-sentences-eta-ex-military-chief-20-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:31:54 +0000 5782545 at http://www.globalpost.com French court jails former ETA chief for 20 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130313/french-court-jails-former-eta-chief-20-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS (Reuters) - A former military leader of the Basque separatist organisation ETA, known by the alias "Txeroki", or "Cherokee", was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a French court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and bomb-making.</p> <p>Miguel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina was arrested in 2008 in the mountainous Pyrenees region near the border with Spain and linked to the kidnapping of a Spanish couple and a child in the region the previous year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130313/french-court-jails-former-eta-chief-20-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:01:21 +0000 5782562 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain seeks right to keep Basque militant in jail http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/spain-seeks-right-keep-basque-militant-jail <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain on Wednesday appealed a European Court of Human Rights ruling that it had violated the rights of a Spanish Basque militant by extending her prison sentence.</p> <p>Ines Del Rio Prada, a member of Basque separatist group ETA, has been in jail since 1989 for offences linked to terrorist attacks, and had been scheduled for release in 2008 until a ruling by the Spanish High Court Audiencia Nacional extended her sentence to 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/spain-seeks-right-keep-basque-militant-jail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain War AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:16:11 +0000 5788776 at http://www.globalpost.com ETA warns Spain of 'negative consequences' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/eta-warns-spain-negative-consequences <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The armed Basque separatist group ETA warned Tuesday that the Spanish government's refusal to negotiate with its leaders will have "negative consequences" and "make it harder to find a solution to the conflict". </p> <p>ETA, blamed for more than 800 deaths in a four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings for the independence of the Basque homeland which straddles northern Spain and southwestern France, announced a "definitive end" to its armed activity in October 2011.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/eta-warns-spain-negative-consequences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues Technology War AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:02:03 +0000 5794650 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish P.M. says ETA must announce "definitive dissolution" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130326/spanish-pm-says-eta-must-announce-definitive-dissolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Paris, Mar 26 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded the "definitive dissolution" of the Basque terrorist group ETA, which warned Tuesday that the expulsion of its negotiators from Norway will bring "negative consequences."</p> <p>"I like to think positively, I don't want to talk about negative consequences, and the positive ones will be for everyone once ETA announces its final disappearance as a terrorist organization," Rajoy said in Paris at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130326/spanish-pm-says-eta-must-announce-definitive-dissolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics ETA Government of Spain Politics of Spain Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:32:11 +0000 5794730 at http://www.globalpost.com French court gives ETA chief 8 more years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/french-court-gives-eta-chief-8-more-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Basque separatist nicknamed Cherokee who was once the most wanted ETA military leader now faces more than 400 years in prison after a French court Tuesday slapped him with a latest sentence of eight years.</p> <p>Less than two years after being sentenced to 20 years by a Paris court on charges including a kidnapping, former ETA military leader Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias "Txeroki", was handed another eight years.</p> <p>A Spanish court in 2011 already sentenced Txeroki in absentia to 377 years in prison for 20 attempted assassinations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/french-court-gives-eta-chief-8-more-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics of Spain Spain War AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:46:42 +0000 5794738 at http://www.globalpost.com Former ETA head, blamed for airport bomb, dies in hospital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130330/former-eta-head-blamed-airport-bomb-dies-hospital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID (Reuters) - The former head of Basque separatist group ETA believed to have ordered the Madrid airport bombing that ended a truce in 2006 has died while serving a prison term in France, an ETA prisoner support group said on Saturday.</p> <p>Xabier Lopez Pena, known by various aliases, including 'Thierry' and jailed in France since 2008, had a heart attack and later a stroke and died in the Paris hospital of Pitie-Salpetriere, Spanish media reported earlier on Saturday, citing sources close to the family and support groups.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130330/former-eta-head-blamed-airport-bomb-dies-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics Politics of Spain War Thomson Reuters Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:46:12 +0000 5797714 at http://www.globalpost.com Suspected ETA chief dies in Paris hospital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/suspected-eta-chief-dies-paris-hospital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, who has been in French jails since his arrest in 2008, has died in a Paris hospital aged 54, a police source said Saturday. </p> <p>Javier Lopez Pena, who used the alias Thierry, was believed to have been one of the masterminds of a 2006 car bomb attack at Madrid airport that killed two and ended a ceasefire by the banned group.</p> <p>He died overnight Friday in the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital after suffering a stroke, the police source and a Basque prisoner support group said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/suspected-eta-chief-dies-paris-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque politics Politics of Spain Social Issues Spain War AFP Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:46:32 +0000 5797717 at http://www.globalpost.com