Catalan nationalists seem willing to bide their time, but tension remains high in the Basque provinces
which have been the scene of sporadic violence against the government for many years.
John Owen maintained that while there had been "problems" between Madrid and Catalonia and the Basque Provinces
in the past, these have been resolved and if Scotland had the degree of autonomy granted to Catalonia and the Basque Provinces
there would be no question of the Scots wanting independence.
The French police now co-operate closely with their Spanish counterparts in trying to catch the ETA militants who shelter in the French Basque provinces
, but even when they didn't, nobody in Spain suggested invading France to stamp out the terrorist sanctuaries.
5) Later in July 2000 Juan Maria Jauregui, a Socialist and former governor of the Basque province
of Guipuzcoa, who had returned to his home town from Chile for a holiday, was also shot dead for "strictly political" motives in Tolosa.
Colacci's outstanding reading creates accents for the characters from different countries where Taylor's search takes him, including Scotland and the French and Spanish Basque provinces
of efforts to maintain and strengthen the traditional legal privileges of the Basque provinces
in the face of Bourbon centralism.
In Catalonia and the Basque provinces
, as in Scotland and Wales, the processes of devolution have not created a new sense of identity but have given new means of expression to an old one.
During Franco's war, only two Basque provinces
fought against Franco, the Nazis and the Fascism.
ETA's violent struggle for its goal of an independent homeland comprising the seven Basque provinces
(four in Spain and three in France) continues even as today the Basque Country enjoys considerable autonomy within the Spanish polity.
Historically, besides the Basque language, Catholicism was one of the greatest links among the Basque provinces
and in the formation of Basque nationalism.
The terror group has waged a bloody campaign of bombings and shootings since 1968 in their attempt to win the independence of the Basque Provinces
in northern Spain.
Others soon followed in its footsteps in Guip[pound]zcoa and later in other Basque provinces