MARIANO RAJOY and Spain’s Right Wing have not made it easy for ETA to make its peace with society.
The Basque terrorist organisation ceased armed activity in October 2011 and of the five parties in the Basque regional parliament, only the Partido Popular does not back a non-government bill dissolving ETA and decommissioning its weapons.
The Basque president Iñigo Urkullu would like to see the regional PP swallow its misgivings and support the bill. The last ETA attack occurred in France in 2010 and Urkullo believes that Rajoy now needs to pool Spain’s resources in fighting the big one: jihadism.
The jihadis do not differentiate between the Left, the Right or Centre and that goes for nationalists, too.
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PRESIDENT of the Spanish government Mariano Rajoy has always disappointed Jose Maria Aznar, the former president who nominated him as his successor. Not only are the two men chalk and cheese, but Aznar has admitted that his first choice turned him down twice. And who was that? None other than Rodrigo Rato, the former vice-president and Hacienda minister who is now on trial for money-laundering, embezzlement and fraud.........