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No, that's exactly what has happened. Zapatero has not med Batasuna as they are officially outlawed. The Basque regional president (Lehendakari: you must learn this tearm if you're supposed to know about Taoiseach) has run a similar series of meetings with basque parties, which were boycotted by the PP because Batasuna was not excluded.

Zapatero is expected to go before the Congress of Deputies in june and claim that "according to intelligence and the security forces" the activities of ETA have come to a complete standstill. He will then seek a vote authorising him to "talk" to ETA.

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 05:34:43 PM EST
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You realize this is all carefully choreographed. He just reorganized his government to put people he completely trusts in charge of the Defence and Interior ministries. He has an ally of sorts in the Basque government, and he will seek to remove the only political obstacle which is a PP-aligned UPN government in Navarra.

Expect the Navarran campaign in 2007 to be vicious, with UPN running on a single point: that the rest of the parties intend to for a coalition to sell Navarra off to ETA.

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 05:37:55 PM EST
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"You realize this is all carefully choreographed."

This is modern dance at it's best now all more comprehendible with your deciphering!! Thanks Migeru.

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Thu Apr 27th, 2006 at 05:51:27 PM EST
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Some are even claiming that the coreography has already been decided. The peace process is just each one doing in the dacing what has been already agreed upon.

I think ZP is very smart and he would not get into it unless he knows exactly where he is going...and by the way, he has ver good intelligence...spanish intelligence on terrorism is brilliant...better than what the US could ever imagine...so I think he already knows what moviments will be harder for ETA and for Batasuna to make. Accepting a new confederal statute as the maximum aspiration is probably not the toughest thing for them to accept, since this is the maximum they are going to get.....filtrations that the status of Navrra could be the toughest pill to take for ETA may explain this movement of pieces in Navarra....but after all Navarra is the only  confederal territory in Spain..what would they like to change their status?

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 06:51:42 AM EST
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Even if nothing has yet been decided, everyone is doing exactly what anyone would have predicted they would do, so nothing is surprising even if I still get infuriated by the PP and UPN and they get infuriated by the Attorney General. That is what I meant by choreographed. Almost like Intelligent Design ;-)

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 Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 06:56:17 AM EST
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yes...and it looks like as if it has already been decided. Probably some hings have already been agreed upon...now we just have to expect that they will keep what they agreed.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 07:01:33 AM EST
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It's not like we can't put forward reasonable guesses as to what ETA and ZP will agree to once they actually sit down to negotiate. It's the "negotiations" around the "Party table" in the "Basque scope of decision" that Ibarretxe will be "organizing" that are a complete crap shoot.

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 Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 07:23:00 AM EST
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