After three decades of one-party domination, the northern Basque region of Spain is getting ready for its first non-nationalist government.
Socialist leader Patxi Lopez will be invested as the region’s president later on Tuesday. The Basque Nationalist Party’s failure to win an overall majority in March’s election opened the door for the Socialists and Spain’s Popular Party to form a coalition. The new government has put itself on a direct collision course with ETA. It is promising extra funding to fight the Basque armed separatist group. Even though ETA successfully detonated a bomb in Madrid in February it has lately found itself on the back foot. Last month, French and Spanish police captured the groups suspected military chief, Jurdan Martitegi, in south-western France. Police say Martitegi and several other ETA suspects were planning an attack on Lopez’s new Basque government.