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March 21, 2001 | Associated Press
A local politician was shot and killed Tuesday in the latest attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. The victim was Froilan Elespe, 54, a deputy mayor and member of the Socialist Party, the Basque regional Interior Ministry said. Elespe was shot at least twice as he stood in a bar, police said in Lasarte, an industrial town about six miles south of San Sebastian.
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March 21, 2001 | Associated Press
A local politician was shot and killed Tuesday in the latest attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. The victim was Froilan Elespe, 54, a deputy mayor and member of the Socialist Party, the Basque regional Interior Ministry said. Elespe was shot at least twice as he stood in a bar, police said in Lasarte, an industrial town about six miles south of San Sebastian.
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June 21, 1997 | Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez announced Friday that he is resigning as the head of Spain's Socialists, setting up a battle to choose who will lead the party in the next national election. Gonzalez, prime minister from 1982 to 1996, surprised many at the opening of the party's 34th congress by proclaiming he will not run for reelection as party leader. The post is normally held by the party's candidate for prime minister.
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November 22, 2000 | Associated Press
Gunmen killed former Spanish government minister Ernest Lluch in this northeastern seaport city Tuesday, in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, news reports said. The shooting came two hours after a car-bomb blast blamed on the ETA shook a residential area on the city's outskirts. No one was injured in the explosion. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but authorities said the violence appeared to be the work of the ETA, or Basque Homeland and Freedom group.
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November 27, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba accused Spain's new conservative government of "flagrant interference" in its political affairs and withdrew its acceptance of a new Spanish ambassador. The diplomatic crisis erupted after repeated criticism of Cuba's Communist system by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who has called for democratic reforms on the Caribbean island. Relations between the two countries are at their lowest point since 1990.
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April 20, 1995 | From Associated Press
The conservative opposition leader widely expected to be Spain's next prime minister survived a car bombing Wednesday that injured him and 16 others. Jose Maria Aznar was en route to work when the parked car packed with 45 pounds of explosives was detonated by remote control. Aznar's car was heavily armored, so he suffered only minor injuries. "I'm OK," said Aznar, appearing with a small scratch on his face at the entrance to a Madrid hospital, where he was to remain overnight.
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December 2, 1995 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a long, troubled search, NATO selected Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana on Friday as its next secretary general. "The ambassadors have agreed by consensus to propose . . . Mr. Javier Solana as secretary general of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council," said a statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 16 ambassadors after an informal meeting.
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November 22, 2000 | Associated Press
Gunmen killed former Spanish government minister Ernest Lluch in this northeastern seaport city Tuesday, in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, news reports said. The shooting came two hours after a car-bomb blast blamed on the ETA shook a residential area on the city's outskirts. No one was injured in the explosion. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but authorities said the violence appeared to be the work of the ETA, or Basque Homeland and Freedom group.
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April 28, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Jose Maria Aznar was sworn in before King Juan Carlos I on Thursday for a second term as Spain's prime minister. In naming his Cabinet, Aznar retained Rodrigo Rato as economy minister and kept several old faces in his new government. Aznar, 47, whose center-right Popular Party won a surprise majority in last month's election, said Rato would oversee economic affairs. A new post of finance minister went to Cristobal Montoro, previously No. 2 at the Economy Ministry.
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November 2, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In retrospect, it isn't really surprising that the first operation carried out by the Anti-Terrorist Liberation Groups was a huge mistake. A Spanish salesman named Segundo Marey was kidnaped still wearing his pajamas, held blindfolded for 10 days and released when his captors realized he was, well, just a Spanish salesman in pajamas, with no links at all to the armed Basque separatists they were fighting.
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April 28, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Jose Maria Aznar was sworn in before King Juan Carlos I on Thursday for a second term as Spain's prime minister. In naming his Cabinet, Aznar retained Rodrigo Rato as economy minister and kept several old faces in his new government. Aznar, 47, whose center-right Popular Party won a surprise majority in last month's election, said Rato would oversee economic affairs. A new post of finance minister went to Cristobal Montoro, previously No. 2 at the Economy Ministry.
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March 12, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He still looks the part of a provincial tax inspector, the job he held before rising, improbably, to govern Spain. His heavy eyebrows and mustache seem to suppress any instinct to smile, even for the voters he needs again today. Yet as he wound up his reelection campaign, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar projected the image of a leader who has grown in stature and confidence to become, thanks to Spain's booming economy, the standard-bearer for Europe's few ruling conservatives.
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July 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
Black ribbons and white sheets of mourning adorned apartment balconies in the northern city of Ermua on Sunday as residents honored a young city councilman kidnapped and slain by the Basque separatist group ETA. There was no known motive for targeting 29-year-old Miguel Angel Blanco other than the fact that he was a member of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's conservative Popular Party.
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June 21, 1997 | Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez announced Friday that he is resigning as the head of Spain's Socialists, setting up a battle to choose who will lead the party in the next national election. Gonzalez, prime minister from 1982 to 1996, surprised many at the opening of the party's 34th congress by proclaiming he will not run for reelection as party leader. The post is normally held by the party's candidate for prime minister.
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November 27, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba accused Spain's new conservative government of "flagrant interference" in its political affairs and withdrew its acceptance of a new Spanish ambassador. The diplomatic crisis erupted after repeated criticism of Cuba's Communist system by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who has called for democratic reforms on the Caribbean island. Relations between the two countries are at their lowest point since 1990.
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May 5, 1996 | Associated Press
Spain's Congress of Deputies elected Jose Maria Aznar prime minister on Saturday, making him the country's first conservative premier in 13 years. "A new era has begun in the democratic history of Spain," Aznar said after the vote. Aznar, a 43-year-old former tax inspector, was to be sworn in today by King Juan Carlos I as Spain's fourth prime minister since dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975.
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March 12, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He still looks the part of a provincial tax inspector, the job he held before rising, improbably, to govern Spain. His heavy eyebrows and mustache seem to suppress any instinct to smile, even for the voters he needs again today. Yet as he wound up his reelection campaign, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar projected the image of a leader who has grown in stature and confidence to become, thanks to Spain's booming economy, the standard-bearer for Europe's few ruling conservatives.
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July 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
Black ribbons and white sheets of mourning adorned apartment balconies in the northern city of Ermua on Sunday as residents honored a young city councilman kidnapped and slain by the Basque separatist group ETA. There was no known motive for targeting 29-year-old Miguel Angel Blanco other than the fact that he was a member of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's conservative Popular Party.
NEWS
December 2, 1995 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a long, troubled search, NATO selected Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana on Friday as its next secretary general. "The ambassadors have agreed by consensus to propose . . . Mr. Javier Solana as secretary general of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council," said a statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 16 ambassadors after an informal meeting.
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November 2, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In retrospect, it isn't really surprising that the first operation carried out by the Anti-Terrorist Liberation Groups was a huge mistake. A Spanish salesman named Segundo Marey was kidnaped still wearing his pajamas, held blindfolded for 10 days and released when his captors realized he was, well, just a Spanish salesman in pajamas, with no links at all to the armed Basque separatists they were fighting.
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