Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

FOCUS

Many Turks angry over Syrian refugee situation

Read more

ENCORE!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday : The Best of the Bard

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

The Tour de France, a PR machine

Read more

  • In pictures: Debris and devastation at Air Algérie Flight AH5017 crash scene

    Read more

  • ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Europe

Socialists vying for a historic Basque victory

Video by Guy HEDGECOE , Clément PERROUAULT , Adeline PERCEPT

Text by Adeline PERCEPT

Latest update : 2009-03-01

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialists are competing for a historic victory in Basque regional elections, as polls show they are running neck-in-neck with the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), in power since 1980.

Juan Jose Ibarretxe, the current president of the Basque region, is relaxed but only on the surface. Undermined by his own allies inside the PNV, the nationalist candidate is being reeled in the polls by Socialist candidate Patxi Lopez.

 

Lopez wants to put an end to the 29-year rule of the moderate nationalists. The socialists believe that this year may be the year.

 

“I’m confident that this is the last day before the great change in the Basque country,” says Lopez.

 

Patxi Lopez’ results will be a test for the Spanish Socialist Party, especially for Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, whose government is in the middle of the storm caused by the economic crisis. It’s also a test for the conservatives of the Popular Party, who’ve been hit at a national level by internal spying and corruption scandals.

 

“In the Basque country, people vote with the idea that they want to live in freedom, to bring an end to terrorism and the values of the PP have nothing to do with four or five people who may have used our name to get rich,” Antonio Basagoiti, PP candidate for the presidency of the Basque region.

 

The Spanish judiciary has banned all radical separatist parties that refused to condemn ETA’s violence. Now, the pressure is building. This is the first time since the return to democracy that the “abertzale” have not been allowed to run in a campaign.

 

“I’m number two on a list whose number one is not here in front of you because she was jailed two weeks ago just for being head of the list,” says Inaki URribarri, a former candidate for the Democracy 3 Million party. “The notion that we’re going to disappear is absurd. We have our work and our life here. And we’re not going to go away.”

 

ETA made an announcement on Friday in the separatist newspaper Gara, calling the elections anti-democratic and appealing for Basques to void their votes.


Date created : 2009-02-28

COMMENT(S)