News, May 2004

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June 2nd, resumé.

(Church and Sport news click more) European election campaign warming up - voting in Spain 13th June; Consitutional Court cancels definitvely the candidature of HZ, a pro-ETA Basque party; 3/11 parliamentary commission has started investigations; Basque government has been holding secret meetings with Batasuna, closely allied with ETA terrorists, for a ceasefire; last Spanish troops finally home from Iraq - the adventure cost Spain 370 million Euros more >>

News theme: Royal Wedding

On May 22nd, 2004 the Prince Felipe got married to Letizia Ortiz. As can be imagined, this aroused much interest, not only in Spain, but also around the world. more >>

Interior Minister proposes religious censorship

10th May. Spanish interior minister, Alonso, in attempt to control militant islam, has proposed that all religious preachers be registered and the text of their sermons approved by the government censors before being preached. more >>

Socialists unilaterally withdraw troops from Iraq

18th April. In an astonishingly rapid move, just 24 hours after taking office, new president Zapatero has unilaterally decided to withdraw the Spanish peace-keeping force in Iraq. more >>

Suspected terrorists commit spectacular suicide in Leganés flat, south of Madrid

4th April and later. On Saturday 3rd April, seven suspected members of the 3/11 terrorist group commited suicide by blowing themselves up in a flat in the town of Leganés, just south of Madrid. among them were the principal suspects still at large. more >>

3/11 investigations, resumé end March

27th March. Just over two weeks after the terrorist bombings in Madrid, the Spanish police have made good progress in their investigations: 20 have been arrested, including (as accused) the man who stole the explosive, the man who made the bombs, who also placed some and another who placed the bombs, plus the location where they were made and the vehicle they used to get to the start of their rail journey. Three key suspects, including the supposed gang leader, are still missing. more >>

News Theme: European Union election, 13th June

On Sunday 14th March a general election was held. The results were a major surprise, significantly affected by the 11th March train bomings in Madrid. Now Spaniards are called yet again to vote and this time the main issue appears to be the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and defence policy in general. more >>

News theme: Spain and Iraq

Spain is particularly in the news due to its position on Iraq, closely linking itself with Washington under the Aznar government. Recently, the new socialist government has unilaterally decided to withdraw its troops, after an ultimatum that the UN must take command was rejected both by the allies and the UN itself. more >>

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