Why are Basque nationalists coming to the rescue of the Spanish conservative government?
One of Spain’s most unlikely political alliances has ancient roots.
Basque Country – Lokarri calls it a day
Lokarri – a citizens’ network for consensus and consultation – would like to announce an important decision about its future. From March 2015 it will... Read More
The Basque peace process – recognizing the victims
In mid-January, the Parliament of Navarre granted the processing of a law on the recognition of victims of politically-motivated actions. The aim is to provide... Read More
Updates on the Basque peace process
In mid-December, the International Verification Commission announced that it had “received reports from ETA that it is continuing the process of sealing and putting its... Read More
Dialogue group in the French Basque Country
The “Declaration of Aiete” outlines proposals for strengthening French Government-ETA dialogue, dealing with the consequences of the conflict and providing a legal, political and institutional framework for... Read More
Basque Country – social forum to promote the peace process
The Social Forum is an example of how a citizens’ initiative can generate new ideas and solutions to overcome impasses and find new ways to progress... Read More
Basque Country – experiences of the Social Forum to invigorate peace
The Basque process has had to be innovative, mainly because of the very limited contact between ETA and the Spanish or French governments. Much of Basque... Read More
Basque Country – definitive cessation of ETA’s armed activity
Emeritus Archbishop and Noble Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, welcomed ETA’s decision to start the process of disarmament, because it “opens the door to a lasting... Read More
Basque Country – concrete steps in the peace process
Concrete steps in the peace process – such as the cessation of violence by ETA, the legalisation of Sortu and repeal of the Parot Doctrine... Read More
Basque Country – police operation against the Herrira movement
On September 30th, the Civil Guard conducted a police operation against the popular movement that works for human rights of prisoners, Herrira, arresting 18 of... Read More
The Basque Country – patience and determination
Driving a peace process forward requires staying patient and determined. What has been achieved seemed unthinkable a few years ago, so it is now also... Read More
The Basque Country – a window of opportunities
Following successful elections in the Basque Country at the end of October – the first to take place without violence by ETA – the time has... Read More
Basque conflict – consensus on an agenda of disarmament, dismantling and reinsertion
The problem the Basque peace process faces is that the Spanish government will not change its strategy until ETA declares its dissolution, whilst ETA is not... Read More
Building an inclusive peace process in the Basque Country
It is time for the local, regional and state-wide political leadership to recognise the maturity of local civil society and afford it a lead-role in the resolution of the Basque conflict and all aspects that surround it - such as the issue of prisoners, the victims of terrorism, political legitimacy and even the right to repentance.
Resolving the Basque conflict
The Spanish government should immediately establish contacts with ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna); not because it owes ETA anything, but because Basque society wants the irreversibility of the end of violence to be guaranteed through the disarmament and dismantling of ETA’s structures.