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The desire to have a Basque Republic is not new among Basque patriots, not something that has suddenly occurred to us this morning. On the contrary, it is a claim with a long historical tradition. In the 18th century, 130 years before the birth of Sabino Arana (founder of modern Basque nationalism), the Jesuit Larramendi wrote the following: "Why...
“At first we were nationalists. Later, since nationalism was ugly, we became "abertzales" (patriots). Now patriotism is not pretty either, and you have to be a non-nationalist and non-patriot independentist ….. Always retreating. " Joxe Azurmendi, "Hizkuntza, Nazioa, Estatua". We were shocked to hear a well-known leader of the Basque Patriotic Left a few years ago say this in Scotland: "I...
The politicisation of Basque has been a subject of debate for us in NAZIOGINTZA since our foundation. We have discussed and written a lot referring to it, and now - through this article - we have decided to address this issue directly. To begin with, we must clarify the meaning of the term "politicisation". We want to clarify that we...
The elections are already over in the Western Basque Country (or Basque Autonomous Community) and with great regret we have been able to verify that the Basque nationalist political parties have once again pushed aside the national agenda (Basque language, self-determination, territoriality ...) in their electoral campaigns. They had other priorities and ignored the request we made of them...
The elections to the Parliament of the Basque territories of Araba (without Trebiño), Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa will be held on July 12. Taking advantage of that important appointment with the ballot boxes, we want through this Editorial to make a series of requests to the political parties and coalitions of abertzales (Basque patriots). The first request and the most important,...
On April 12th, we Basques will experience a very unusual Aberri Eguna (Basque Homeland Day). For the first time in many years, we will not be celebrating the Basque Country's national holiday on the street. The damned coronavirus will achieve what the Franco genocidal regime did not achieve, preventing Aberri Eguna (during the Dictatorship the Basque patriots – whilst...
Basque society, in general, does not esteem submissive postures (even less when they are the result of an unfair situation) and on numerous occasions has shown that it prefers insubmission, as when insubmission to Spanish military service was encouraged in the past. Nor do we like discriminatory attitudes. However at linguistic level, Basque speakers are discriminated against and we...
Abstract: Spanish election is near, so in this EDITORIAL we seize the opportunity to make clear our position in this respect. We do so because different sections of our nation show divergent views on the position Basque nationalist parties should take in the face of the Spanish elections; some nationalists are not happy with the idea of participating in the...
26 May is the date chosen to elect the seats of the European Parliament. Stateless nations like ours, it is understood, need to have a say in this parliament, not just because this forum decides many things that concern us in everyday matters, but also because strong allies in Europe are essential to launch a sovereignty process, as the...
Modern Basque nationalism celebrates its 125 anniversary this year. In that distant 1893, Sabin Arana delivered his renowned speech to a group of friends, which turned into the springboard for Basque nationalism. The nuts-and-bolts of that address, the subject-matter, which caught on greatly, was superb, namely, we the Basques are not Spanish, neither French, and gaining independence should be...