Eta threatens to resume Basque terror campaign

THE BASQUE separatist group Eta said yesterday that it would resume armed actions against the Spanish government, after a 14-month suspension of violence. Eta's announcement dashed hopes of a peace process gradually taking shape in the Basque country and immediately prompted fears of a return to the "dark days of violence".

Borders, bluefins and the Basques

Lilian Pizzichini reviews two books on the nature of nations in the new Europe. And if that's too heavy - try a spot of fishing

Books: The undying land of blood and beret

Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky Cape pounds 15.99

Madrid court frees 22 Basque separatists

SPAIN FREED 22 leaders of the Herri Batasuna party - the political arm of the Eta terrorists - yesterday amid expectation that the move could help to consolidate the Basque peace process.

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Murderer barred from legislature

Murderer barred from legislature

Obituary: Ramn Rubial

RAMON RUBIAL was for decades the Spanish Socialist Party's most convincing link with a history that reaches back to before Franco's dictatorship - indeed before the Civil War and the short-lived Republic that preceded it. His stooped head and craggy Basque features constantly accompanied the boyish faces of Spain's Socialist leaders in the new democracy of the mid-Seventies.

A short break in San Sebastin

It may not have the guaranteed sunshine of the Costas, but this Basque city has the perfect beach and a reputation for the best cuisine in Spain. Tony Kelly counts the Michelin stars

Letter: Scots can find Lockerbie truth

PERSONAL circumstances mean that I have followed - with much greater interest than might be expected of a Basque citizen of Spain - the election of the first Scottish Parliament in almost 300 years. Considerable changes are to be expected. Is there, then, room to hope that the full truth about the preventable carnage of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 (in which my sister was a casualty), will finally be pursued and achieved?

Books: Roads to freedom

Ex-terrorists may give up the gun, but the cause won't let them go. Julian May takes a bus with the Basques; The Lone Woman by Bernardo Atxaga, tr. Margaret Jull Costa Harvill, pounds 9.99, 120pp

Coup for French as Eta trio snatched

IN A coup for the French and Spanish authorities, anti- terrorist police arrested three leading members of the Basque separatist organisation, Eta, in Paris yesterday - hours before a visit from the Spanish Prime Minister.

Reader, I married him

The Deborah Ross Interview: Keith Waterhouse is a man of parts - a writer, wit, bon viveur and guardian of the English language. So what to do when he decides you were meant for each other? Why, sort out the wedding list, naturally

Letter: Send him to Spain

Sir: Patricia Ann Wilson asks whether the "Spanish should be the ones to judge another on the matter of crimes against humanity" (letter, 4 December). She makes an ill-advised and offensive comparison between the Spanish people of the late 20th century and General Pinochet. Ms Wilson must believe that Spain remains unchanged since Pizarro and Cortes.

Worldwide: 48 hours in ... San Sebastin

Basking in its Basque heritage, this north-coast resort seduces Cathy Packe with a cocktail of lively bars, tapas feasts and seaside strolls

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