Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodruiguez Zapatero is due to address parliament today on the state of his floundering peace initiative with the armed Basque group ETA. It is a much-awaited speech, and EuroNews will be following it live this afternoon from around four PM. It comes after a weekend which saw the burial of two Ecuadorian immigrants killed in the Barajas airport bomb on December 30, attended by Spain’s crown prince.
“I just wanted to show my solidarity with the Ecuadorian people, and the families of the victims,” the prince said on Sunday. The Barajas bomb has created political turmoil in both Madrid and the Basque country, with Zapatero and Basque leaders insisting the explosion has not buried the peace plan. Opposition hardliners claim the bombing proves peace talks are now impossible.