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Antonio Barroso
We had Eta bombing the country every other day in the 80s; we had massive corruption cases in the 90s involving the head of the Guardia Civil; we had one of the biggest terrorist attacks on European soil in 2004, and we had a huge economic crisis. Yes, this is one of the biggest challenges to the territorial model established in the Spanish constitution after the transition to democracy, but it's a political issue at the end of the day.feedback
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Sep 19 2017
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Mariano Rajoy and Arantxa Otaegi, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about ETA. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 35 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 76 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is: “I've ordered the suspension of all initiatives to develop the dialogue. I said from the beginning that the government knew it would be a long, hard and difficult process. Today has been a hard day.”.
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Inigo Urkullu

The Basque government will do everything in its power to make sure this goes according to plan, even if not everything is in our hands.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Batasuna has always been the political wing of ETA, in fact, a number of court cases have ruled that the two groups are one and the same, so its obvious that Batasuna cannot stand at the elections.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

ETA tells the government what to do, says it must live up to its commitments. I hope the government has not made any deal the ETA terrorists.feedback

Miren Azkarate

This is how ETA shows its concern for the views of Basque society.feedback

Michèle Alliot-Marie

We owe this arrest to the hard work of the French intelligence services. It also comes as a result of joint work with the Spanish authorities as part of a bilateral agreement in the fight against terrorism which we signed last January.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Today, Spanish democracy is stronger and ETA is weaker.feedback

Jose Antonio Alonso

We will strike ETA hard with the full might of the state. The state has the right and the will to hit back.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

The process is over. ETA broke off, liquidated, put an end to the peace process.feedback

Angel Acebes

To offer every single day to go to the negotiating table instead of taking them to court, gives them hope and this is a big mistake, whatever happens in the days to come.feedback

Jose Maria Aznar

It means ETA intends to continue to exist as an armed organisation. It regrets nothing and has not apologised to its victims. This statement tells us that ETA's goal remains unchanged – to achieve Basque self-determination while imposing the same conditions on us as it always has done.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

I am convinced that if I had not taken that decision, de Juana would have died in the next hours. I realise that many people do not believe de Juana deserves such humane treatment and they are not wrong. The difference between us and the terrorists is that we have respect for life.feedback

Rubén Múgica

What is impossible is coexistence between normal people and the criminals. If the criminals deserve all the attention for having given up killing, I say more those who have never killed are worth more attention.feedback

Rubén Múgica

I have no intention of forgiving them, ever. There is nothing that can be forgiven.feedback

Fernando Etxegarai

We try to get these people going again, providing them the training they couldn't have in prison. On the other hand, we also try to get them jobs at a level that matches the education they already have, which are jobs that require low professional qualifications.feedback

Filipa Suares - Euronews

In the Basque Country, there's even a Junior Minister for Peace and Coexistence. But we've seen in this report how much there is still to do before ETA members and terrorism victims stop living separately.feedback

Fernando Etxegarai

The Basque Country is small, two million people, but it's big enough for a person to move around without having to mix with others.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

We are fully mobilised. We are going to eradicate all ETA bases in France, one by one. We are going to flush them out one by one and we will dismantle all support for this terrorist organisation.feedback

Alberto Ruiz Gallardón

These are the consequences of compliance with the Strasbourg Court verdict. And I can assure you that on a day like today this compliance is a very painful one.feedback

Maria Gil

We have a Basque country leader who only wants to negotiate with Basque separatists. He isn't looking after the roads or public health, all he wants to do is push forwards self-rule, the referendum on Basque independence.feedback

Juan Jose Ibarretxe

The main question is how to advance the peace process, and find political agreements.feedback

Brian Currin

I certainly do believe that we are closer to a peace process in the Basque Country and it is not only a question of being closer to a peace process. I believe that the circumstances as such are that we are closer to a peace process in the Basque Country that will be sustainable.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

The determination of France and Spain against ETA is total. ETA can change its methods, hide, find new hoards, go south or north but we can guarantee you that we will find them, and will put an end to their operations.feedback

Patxi Lopez

Those that work as a link in a chain for a terrorist group, that give them a political cover, that look for finance or give social support to those that kill people of this country simply because they think differently, don't have a place in politics or in democratic institutions.feedback

Michèle Alliot-Marie

It was a normal operation, which means trying to determine the wherabouts of ETA members who come into French territory to hide or prepare attacks. There is cooperation between French and Spanish police when it comes to this.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The government will fight terrorism and all those who support it with all our resources. They will be caught, just like all the others before. We can't bring back those we've lost. We will never be able to compensate their relatives and friends, but we can offer them a little bit of comfort, by saying that the killers will pay for what they have done.feedback

Alfredo Perez

We broke this group up before it got going. It's very important. The police operation spared a great deal of pain and suffering.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

I would like to express my solidarity and gratitude to France, the French police and the French government.feedback

Arantxa Otaegi

I'm really sorry for all the victims and their families, but we too have casualties on our side and no-one remembers our victims. Must we ask for forgiveness? Well, if we've got to apologise, they have to beg forgiveness first for everything they did to us.feedback

Arantxa Otaegi

We'll have to live together. Things have happened but I have nothing against anyone. We'll have to make sure that things are done properly because after years of conflict, we have to make sure that things are done the right way.feedback

Arantxa Otaegi

How do I prepare for the next visit? I get very nervous the night before while I arrange everything; the sandwiches for the trip. First, we go to Donosti, we go out on Friday at 4.45 in the afternoon, via Donosti and if necessary we go through Iziar, Zumaia, Durango. They set up bunks so we can sleep. We arrive at about six o'clock the next morning in Seville. After all that I can only see my son for 40 minutes.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

I express today the feeling of all citizens. I want to condemn this villainy, with a lot of pain and anger and a determination. The (thoughts of the) government and all of Spanish society are today with their families, their friends and their colleagues.feedback

Gorka Landaburu

ETA did not disband for one very simple reason: it could have but there are 750 of its own people in prisons – 600 in Spain and 150 in France. From its point of view it can't abandon the prisoners. That is what it will negotiate with the next government. That's why it won't dissolve. When it has settled the prisoner problem, then ETA will be history, and will disappear for ever.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

No one doubts that democracy is and will be the stronger force. The state has right to impose these rules because of their moral force and because they are the wish of the vast majority of Spaniards.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

We don't let them have their way, either in France or anywhere. And Spain has paid a heavy enough toll – the heaviest of all Europe. So whoever is governing Spain can count on France's support.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

This agreement signed today is fundamental. It's about warning each other… The most effective way to prevent terrorist attacks and violent actions.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

None of the ETA members are going to escape from appearing before a judge or from going to prison. Some of them know that, some of them don't; But as soon as they understand this and surrender if will be better for us, of course, and better for them.feedback

Antonio Camacho

Once again, ETA has chosen violence and it should know that this path will lead to its demise: it is the path to prison, the victory of the rule of law and the group's disappearance.feedback

Manuel Rajoy

The top priority is defeating ETA. I want to repeat that my party will back the government if that is its priority too, and nothing else. And only if it doesn't repeat the same mistakes it has made over the last four years.feedback

Carlos Floriano

Theatrical hunger strikes or any other blackmail coming from anybody.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

It's the law that must resolve this situation in counter-terrorism policy.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

We want all political parties to join forces with the government in the fight against violence. And, I am speaking particularly of the main opposition.feedback

Juan Jose Ibarretxe

ETA is superfluous to the Basque society, it is superfluous to our lives. We need to life in peace. Nothing has done more harm to the Basque people, in the world, than ETA's violence, nothing.feedback

Juan Jose Ibarretxe

It's simply unacceptable that subjects the prime minister has discussed and negotiated with ETA, about which I don't wish to comment, he will not discuss and negotiate with the me, the legitimate democratic representative chosen by the Basque citizens.feedback

Arantxa Otaegi

I am sorry about all those who died, the victims and their families. But we have also had deaths on our side, and no one remembers them. Must we ask for forgiveness? If so, let them ask for ours, for everything they did to us.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

We will reinforce the cooperation that already exists between the two countries and form an investigation team including police, judges and prosecutors from both countries.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Now, ETA know there's a weak government which gives in, and they know that all they have to is put pressure on. It's the least intelligent decision I've ever seen.feedback

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

This operation fulfils three fundamental objectives in the struggle against terrorism. First, to prevent groups re-organising that have been declared illegal by the supreme court. This is the case for Batasuna and Segi. Second, to prevent an academy, and that's what we've done with this operation. Third, fight against the urban violence that Segi carries out for ETA.feedback

Eduardo Zaplana

The government, based on lies and confusion, wanted to trick the Spanish people on the Popular Party's prison policies.feedback

Angel Acebes

Zapatero's decision to hold talks with ETA ended in failure and his poor economic management has meant less for workers and their families.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

I want to demonstrate my support for all the state security forces, and my support for the government in putting an end to the terrorist organisation ETA.feedback

Jose Blanco

There's no possibility of restarting dialogue. All the doors have been closed and the only possibility for Batasuna is to convince ETA to abandon its weapons.feedback

Max-Peter Ratzel - Europol

The failed attack in Germany, and the London blasts demostrate that Islamist terrorists also still aim at mass casualties. A total of more than 700 individuals suspected of terrorist offences were arrested in 15 member states in the year 2006.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

How much harm has ETA done – both at home and abroad – to the Basque people and the men and women who live here and, of course, the people killed by their violence, their cruel, cowardly and irrational violence?feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Right now, I am thinking especially of the Basque people. I am convinced that from now on they can enjoy a life that is no longer associated with fear and intimidation. They can live together in liberty and peace.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The terrorists know that the democracy and especially the state security forces – doing their impeccable duty – are going to finish the violence in the Basque Country and in the rest of Spain.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The battle against terrorism is unstoppable and I assure you we will finnish off ETA in the interests of freedom and peace in the Basque country and the rest of Spain.feedback

Arnaldo Otegi

If it is true that ETA is responsible for breaking the ceasefire, it is also true that the Spanish government and the Basque Nationalist Party are also to blame for the collapse of the so-called peace process.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Spanish society has shown over a long period that pain does not sap its strength, that suffering does not reduce its determination. It will show that determination all over again now, and it will not give in to any of the threats or the challenges some are keen on putting it through.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

I heard of no new development that makes me more optimistic. Nobody confirmed to me there was a meeting with ETA. I do not think that ETA renounced anything either. And while the street violence continues, there should be no contact made with the terrorist group.feedback

Jorge Fernandez Diaz

To take part in the programme an ETA inmate must make a clear statement that he or she is leaving the armed gang.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

ETA must understand that the mobilisation of police and gendarmerie forces of the French Republic against this terrorist organisation will be total and merciless.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

This individual, for the public and this prime minister, has generated an uproara which is perfectly understandable. But we must respect the law.feedback

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