The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #208

date: 24/04/2024

Episode 208 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Igor Zulaika, one of the newly elected parliamentarians in the Basque Country’s recent parliamentary elections which saw his party, the left-wing pro-independence EH Bildu, gain its highest ever vote share, just one seat shy of being the largest party in Parliament. They discuss the history of the Basque national movement, the landscape of politics in the Basque Country (including their relations with the other largest party, pro-independence but right-leaning Basque National Party) and on politics between the Basque Country and Spain where pro-independence parties have in the past been dismissed as little more than the political wing of violent groups (even after the disarmament and disbanding of groups like ETA) but who are being increasingly relied upon for support in the Spanish Parliament. Finally, the discuss the prospect of Basque independence in the context of a Spanish constitution that all but prohibits it.

If you’d like to keep up with Basque politics from Scotland, Igor recommends the newspaper Gara.

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Excerpts from “Hiding Your Reality” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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