Basque Provinces


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Basque Provinces

an autonomous region of N Spain, comprising the provinces of Álava, Guipúzcoa, and Vizcaya: inhabited mainly by Basques, who retained virtual autonomy from the 9th to the 19th century. Pop.: 1 840 700 (2003 est.). Area: about 7250 sq. km (2800 sq. miles)
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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.
Spain's Galacia, Valencia, Catalonia and Basque provinces also have forms of self-rule as do the Danish administrations of Greenland and Faroe Island.
This is a study of roughly 350 cases involving sexual misconduct from the province of Vizcaya, one of the Basque provinces of northern Spain.
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. His voice takes on the fear felt by Taylor as he flees from those attempting to stop him from finding Kirra.
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.(40) In addition, the significance of wine within the Catholic ritualized mass symbolically links Catholicism with the drinking of wine prevalent throughout this section of the novel.