Eta

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By the end of ‘The Dinner Guest’, Ybarra has done herself and her family proud in a story that is full of light and shade

“The story goes that in my family there’s an extra dinner guest at every meal.” The opening line of Gabriela Ybarra’s succinct and inventive debut int(...)

Catalan National Assembly president Jordi Sánchez, who is under investigation for sedition and rebellion, arriving  at a court in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

A plan by pro-independence parties to make a jailed independence activist the new Catalan president is staunchly opposed by the Spanish government, wh(...)

ETA has not killed anyone since 2010 and staged a decommissioning ceremony in southern France last year, prompting speculation that its demobilisation was imminent. Photograph: AP

Basque terrorist group Eta is consulting members on whether to disband in the coming months. In an internal communique sent to militants, Eta’s leade(...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont:  will argue that Spain’s attempts to repatriate him are unlawful and politically motivated. Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The deposed president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, is due to appear in court in Brussels on Friday, where he will argue that Spain’s attempts to (...)

A demonstrator waves a Catalan separatist flag in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

In seeking to smash the ballot boxes and the voters in last Sunday’s referendum on independence for Catalonia, the Spanish authorities inevitably scor(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

People pay tribute on Friday, outside the Liceu theatre in Barcelona, to victims of Thursday’s attack. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

It’s a cliche, simply because it’s important truth, that one’s first thoughts about a terrorist act should always be with the victims, to make some ef(...)

Roses are placed to mark the 20th anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Miguel Ángel Blanco in Ermua, the Basque Country town where he was a Popular Party councillor. Photograph: Luis Tejido/EPA

The victim of one of Basque terrorist group Eta’s most notorious killings, 20 years ago, has been remembered this week, although the commemorations ha(...)

Basque Separatists ETA members announcing a ‘permanent, verifiable ceasefire’ in 2011. Photograph: Alfredo Aldai/EPA

Basque militant group Eta has handed a list of eight arms caches to the French police through intermediaries, sources close to the matter told Re(...)

December 1973: In Madrid, a huge gaping hole formed following the Eta bomb explosion that claimed the life of the Spanish prime minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

“There’s a great gap,” Pegeen Mike reminds us in Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, “between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” The tragic drama o(...)

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