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El Pais: Rajoy warns that the announdement "is a pause but not a rejection of criminal activity"
The PP's leader shows himself "prepared to help the government so that they don't pay any political price"
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Rajoy also addressed the government. First, to assure that the PP is still prepared to defeat terrorism in the framework of the antiterrorist agreement subscribed by both major parties. Second, to offer the president of teh Executive [PM], José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, his support so that he "pays no political price" in the process of defeating ETA.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 09:07:56 AM EST
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Hey this doesn't sound too bad given your earlier concern about PP slandering of the current administration (if I understood correctly. I don't know that much about Spanish politics). If the PP is supportive and seems to want to be associated with any potential benefits from the ETA ceasefire by saying they are helping the current government that's better then putting obstacles in the way.

Can one read into the PP reaction that there is a sense even on their part that this could be more long lasting then a temporary cease fire and that they better position themselves so they can claim so credit if this works out. Then again maybe it's just my optimistic side taking over too much this morning.

Anyway nice news to get first thing in the morning! Thanks Kcurie and Migeru. I'm putting my imaginary (don't have the real thing on hand) cava in the fridge, it may be a long ride until it is over, but I hope to be able to open it sooner rather then later. I know one has to be guardedly optimistic but this is exiting news.

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 09:41:20 AM EST
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I disagree. They are offering their support to "defeat" ETA along the lines of the "anti-terrorist agreement" which Zapatero and Aznar entered into in 2001, excluding other political parties (including the Basque ones).

it's a poisoned pill, IMHO.

They offer Zapatero support to pursue the PP agenda, and they still oppose any dialogue. The Spanish parliament voted to "allow the government to negotiate peace should ETA give up armed struggle" with the opposition of the PP (including street demonstrations). That has been Zapatero's agenda since last May. It was suspected that he must have had some information about movements within ETA, and this confirms all that Zapatero has been implying.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 09:47:38 AM EST
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Ok doesn't sound so good anymore & I need to study my Spanish politics some more and the agreement. However, it seems ETA & the Zapatero government would have excepted that kind of reaction from PP and Zapatero has put himself in a position to maneuver given the negotiation vote obtained in the Spanish parliament.

The short quotes you have above do still sound to be like a way for the PP to position itself to claim partial credit for a positive outcome should one come out of the Zapatero government's current initiatives.

Right now I've got to quit ET and get back to my deadlines but look forward to reading more this evening and over the days and months to come.

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 10:36:34 AM EST
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Le Monde coverage today and photo of the ETA news conference:
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:00:26 AM EST
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The communique was given with a video tape. El Pais (and, I suppose, most other Spanish media) have links to the streaming video, which should be less than 2 minutes long.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:04:28 AM EST
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Note the white masks, and the txapelas (berets).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:05:56 AM EST
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Was it a news conference? I thought it was a video tape.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:06:30 AM EST
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Le Monde's caption reads:"Capture d'écran : au cours d'une conférence de presse, mercredi 22 mars, l'ETA a annoncé un cessez-le-feu."

translation: screen shot : during the press conference, Wednesday March 22nd, ETA announced a cease fire.

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:15:33 AM EST
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El Pais: ETA declares a permanent ceasefire
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In addition, [ETA] recorded a video in which three etarras, their faces covered by white scarves and with txapelas on their heads, read the communique in front of the gang's logo perched behind a table showing the crest of Euskal Herria. The text, red in basque and Spanish by a woman, lasts a munite and 36 seconds. In its turn, the newspaper Gara has announced that they will publish a new declaration by ETA "on the same motive".



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 11:22:03 AM EST
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Indeed bad choice of caption in Le Monde!
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 08:59:28 PM EST
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You should be able to find a bottle of Freixenet in good stores. Do you have any companies importing delicatessen from around the world in WMass? In CA there was Trader Joe's and I could get really good Spanish white wine for $4 a bottle.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 09:56:10 AM EST
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We do have Trader Joe's 15-20 minutes from here but they don't have a wine section. But no need to despair there are several well stocked wine suppliers around and the Boston TJ off in the east by the Atlantic has a wine section. So can you remember what $4 bottle you would recommend? I seem to keep getting distracted by food & drink in these political threads...
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 10:35:25 AM EST
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It was Marques de Caceres, but I believe TJ buy in large bulk to get good deals and it is possible that similar bottles from other years are not as cheap. Here in London the same wine is about twice as expensive, when you can find it.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 10:38:02 AM EST
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Sunflower foods has a white Marques de Caceres for $6.

The red is always more, but it's very good (the red.)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 12:18:49 PM EST
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I personally don't like red that much, but the white was great. And, like I said, TJ must have gotten their hands on a few tens of thousand cases of it back in 2003/4 and were selling it for $4.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 12:24:54 PM EST
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I personally don't like red that much, but the white was great.

I always know that you were a traitor to the Revolution :)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Mar 22nd, 2006 at 12:53:57 PM EST
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