Caroline Gray

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    A tale of changing destinies: Why the Catalans are pushing for independence rather than the Basques

A tale of changing destinies: Why the Catalans are pushing for independence rather than the Basques

While all eyes are currently on Catalonia, it was the Basque Country that first sought a degree of sovereignty from Spain over a decade ago, when then Basque President, Juan José Ibarretxe, proposed redefining the Basque relationship with Spain as one of ‘free association’. But why did Madrid’s refusal of Ibarretxe’s proposals result in a return to moderation, whereas […]

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    Relying on Basque nationalists, but still in power: Where next for Spain’s ‘weak’ government?

Relying on Basque nationalists, but still in power: Where next for Spain’s ‘weak’ government?

Since being returned to power following elections last year, Mariano Rajoy’s Spanish government has had to rely on the support of smaller parties, such as Ciudadanos and the Basque Nationalist Party, to pass key legislation, including the 2017 national budget. Caroline Gray assesses what this fragile political situation has meant for the country, noting that while Rajoy has so […]

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