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In Spain, Basque Parliament Agrees to Debate Independence Plan

A Basque independence plan, considered a far-fetched dream even by some supporters, took a small step toward becoming a reality when the divided Basque parliament voted this week to grant it an official hearing and to open debate. Spain’s justice minister, however, has repeatedly vowed to block the plan in court, contending that it violates Spain’s Constitution on 100 counts. Representatives of Spain’s major political parties have condemned the plan, saying it is undemocratic and legitimizes terrorism. A secessionist plan on top of 1,000 deaths from terrorism is barbaric,” said Prime Minister José María Aznar, referring to the more than 800 people killed since 1968 by the Basque separatist group E.T.A., which is on the United States’ list of terrorist organizations. Full Story

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