RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 28ISSUE 12members only

Spain’s Basque Policy: Going Around in Circles


During the last twelve months, Spain’s anti-terrorism courts have sentenced forty-seven people to prison terms for their involvement and participation in ETA activities. Yet, despite this violence has actually increased. The only solution may be a continuation of talks.

By Robert Fowler, RUSI Last month, Garikoitz Aspiazu, the military leader of the Basque separatist movement ETA – also known as ‘Txeroki’ (or Cherokee) – was arrested by the French authorities, and subsequently charged with ordering the December 2006 Madrid airport bombing which killed two people. The arrest was rightly hailed in both France and Spain as a textbook case of anti-terrorist co-operation between the two neighbours. But it was also seized upon by Spanish Prime

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