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ManfromMiddletown is fond of mentioning the fact that Navarra retained self-government until the 18th century, and that the fueros (royal charter) were allowed to stand by Franco. This is because Navarra was a hotbed of Carlism (Traditionalist Royalist Catholic nationalism) and sided with Franco during the Civil War (unlike Biscay and Guipuzcoa).

The leading party in Navarra is UPN (Union of the Navarran People), originally (around 1990 I believe) a splinter group of PP but so much more successful that it is again the PP's branch in Navarra but now under the name UPN.

Just today, at the same time as reassuring Navarra that they won't be "a token of exchange" in the peace process, Zapatero stressed that the PSOE will seek to unseat UPN from the regional government in 2007, for which they would need a [government, not electoral] coalition with both Na-Bai and the Navarran United Left (Communist).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 27th, 2006 at 05:25:41 PM EST
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