Not only the Basques but all Europeans have something to play in the French elections this Sunday. Also in play is the type of leadership settling in Europe. And we hope that the leaders will be democratic, open and European persons. This is what Emmanuel Macron represents today against the populism and extremism of Marine Le Pen.
Vincent Gaillard, head of the Rugby Champions Cup, says that the stadium, known as “the Cathedral”, is the main reason why Bilbao was chosen to host the 2018 finals.
The list includes the Asador Etxebarri restaurant in Axpe (Bizkaia) in 6th place, the Mugaritz in Errenteria (Gipuzkoa) in 9th, Arzak in San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa) in 30th and the Azurmendi in Larrabetzu (Bizkaia) in 38th.
Invoicing in this sector of Basque industry broke through the €16 billion barrier in 2016 and is expected to grow by at least 3.5% this year. In their efforts to diversify, firms are looking to Japan and ASEAN.
The office in London was opened in the presence of Basque Govt. Minster for Economic Development and Infrastructures Arantxa Tapia, Deputy Minister for Industry Javier Zarraonandia and SPRI General Manager Alex Arriola. They were accompanied by David Slater, Head of International Trade & Investment London & Partners, at whose offices the event took place, by Westminster MP Simon Blagden and by various heads of Basque firms doing business in the UK.
Josu Erkoreka appeals to Basque government for “remembrance, condemnation, recognition and commitment” to historical memory on 80th anniversary of Gernika bombing raid
Basque Government Minister for Public Governance and Self-Government and Basque Govt. Spokesperson Josu Erkoreka, Minister for Culture and Language Policy Bingen Zubiria, Minister for Security Estefanía Beltrán de Heredia and GOGORA (Institute for Remembrance, Coexistence and Human Rights) Director Aintzane Ezenarro took part in events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the devastating bombing raid on Gernika.
Basque Premier calls for “human right to peace” on the planting of an offshoot of the Tree of Gernika in Auschwitz
On the last day of his official trip to Auschwitz, Premier Urkullu took part in the planting of an offshoot of the Tree of Gernika in the park of the Zasole neighbourhood adjacent to the concentration camp. He stated that the planting of this tree symbolised a commitment to peaceful coexistence in the future. In a symbolic act, Mr. Urkullo called on the UN to recognise “peace as a human right”, in response to the voices of warmongers that are being heard on the international stage.
Ortuzar: “We shall be advocating a new status in which Euskadi is recognised as a nation” and establishes “bilateral relations with the state”
“A free Euskadi. That is our goal and that is our path. We shall be advocating a new status in which Euskadi is recognised as a nation, as a political subject on equal terms with a bilateral relationship with the state. Let Basques be governed by Basque institutions. And let the Basques decide on their own future.” With this reflection, Andoni Ortuzar closed his speech at the Aberri Eguna celebrations held in the Plaza Nueva square in Bilbao, before around 4000 EAJ-PNV members and sympathisers. The celebrations lasted well into the evening at the city‘s El Arenal boulevard, with a sit-down meal and subsequent procession. Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu spoke before Mr. Ortuzar and supported the “validity of the PNV model. We must remain consistent, because we are sure that we are going in the right direction and that one day we will reach our goal: we are a nation and we shall continue advancing with more democracy and plurality towards our recognition and our freedom”, said Mr. Urkullu.
EAJ-PNV expresses satisfaction with implementation of an ETA disarmament which is “lawful, final and without giving anything in return”
The Governing council (EBB) of the EAJ-PNV expressed its satisfaction with the events of the day when ETA proceeded to disarm and effectively cease to be an armed organisation. The EBB praised the atmosphere of normality in which the events organised in Iparralde throughout the day took place, with no incidents being recorded. The central event in Bayonne was attended by Pako Arizmendi, Chair of the Ipar Buru Batzar. Arizmendi took to the stage in the Place St. André square with other political and social groups to symbolise the support of the EAJ-PNV for the work done by the “Peace Artisans”.
EAJ-PNV (Basque National Party) pays tribute to the nationalist women, the "true conveyors of the militant ethos
The party paid tribute to over 500 women during a ceremony held at Sabin Etxea that combined emotion, music, humour and surprises; Itxaso Atutxa and Andoni Ortuzar spoke emotively about the feted women, in the presence of Lehendakari Urkullu, the Basque Premier.
Izaskun Bilbao, the MEP, has been appointed by the External Service of the European Union to head the electoral observation mission that European diplomacy will send to East Timor during the presidential and parliamentary elections that will be held in March and June of this year, respectively.