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Basque Plan Raises Political Tension

The secretary general of Spain’s governing Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, says the Basque plan for autonomy is a betrayal of the state that will cause the destruction of the constitution. The Basque regional government on Saturday officially approved the plan, which proposes more independence from Spain. Spain’s political divisions are becoming more apparent as the national government prepares an official response to the plan. Drawn up by the Basque leader, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, the text of the proposed political statutes for the Basque country calls for a referendum to decide whether the region should become a sovereign state. The issue is causing considerable tension across Spain, especially in the Basque regional parliament. After an ugly slanging match, a Popular Party deputy was expelled from the house for calling opposition members the heirs of ETA, the armed Basque separatist group. The Popular Party executive is meeting this week to look at how to oppose the plan by all means possible. Full Story

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