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1998
The book "Lisbon" by Julia Wilkinson was published by Lonely Planet. It covered the cultural and historical aspects of the city as well as current details.
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1998
Spain deregulated its energy market.
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1998
Ramon Sampredro, a Spanish paraplegic who campaigned for euthanasia and spent 30 years in bed, died by sipping water laced with cyanide. He did this after crafting a complex scheme to have friends prepare and deliver the poison in incremental steps so no single one of them could be charged criminally. The story was made into the movie "El Mar Adentro" (The Sea Inside), which won an Oscar for best foreign film in 2005.
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1999 Jan 1
The Maastricht Treaty specified that a monetary union will be established by this date, and laid down several criteria that EU nations must fulfill in order to join. Some of the criteria included: maximum budget deficits of 3% of GDP, a cap on government debt of 60% of GDP. The European economic and monetary union (EMU) was scheduled to start with a new "Euro" currency. Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain made the transition. Public use was set for Jan 1, 2002. [see Jan 4]
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1999 Feb 17
Andy Elson (45) and Colin Prescot (48) of England launched a balloon attempt to circle the globe from Almeria in southern Spain.
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1999 Mar 10
In Spain 9 Basque separatists were arrested.
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1999 Mar 20
In Spain some 60,000 people marched in Bilbao to protest recent arrests of members and supporters of the ETA.
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1999 Mar 24
In Britain the high court rejected the claim of Pinochet for immunity from prosecution, but reduced the charges that could be brought against him to offenses after Sep 29, 1988. 27 of the 30 charges in the Spanish warrant were thrown out.
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1999 Jul 6
In Spain Joaquin Rodrigo, classical composer, died at age 97 in Madrid. His best known work was "Concierto de Aranjuez."
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1999 Oct 8
In London a court ruled that Gen'l. Pinochet can be extradited to Spain for trial on torture and conspiracy charges.
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1999 Nov 2
Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon named former Argentine Pres. Leopoldo Galtieri in an indictment along with 95 other military officers, who presided over the "Dirty War" from 1976-1983.
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1999 Nov 16
A 2-day Ibero-American summit for heads of state from Latin America, Spain and Portugal met in Havana. Int'l. finance and the effects of economic globalization on developing countries was the central theme. The 18 heads of state signed a Havana Declaration.
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1999 Nov 28
In Spain the Basque ETA announced that it would end a 14-month cease-fire due to inaction over their call for independence.
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1999 Nov
The Basque support group, Ekin, was formed with the aim of "impelling independence, nation-building and socialism at street level." On Oct 1, 2011, the Gara newspaper's website said two unidentified spokesmen told it that "Ekin members have ended their endeavors as an organization."
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1999 Dec 22
In Spain police found a 2nd van loaded with 1,650 pounds of explosives in Alhama de Aragon. Two days earlier a van, bound for Madrid, was stopped with 1,980 pounds of explosives.
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2000 Jan 21
In Madrid, Spain, Basque separatists ended a 19-month lull in their guerrilla war with a remote bomb that killed Lt. Col. Pedro Antonio Blanco Garcia (48).
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2000 Jan 23
In Spain some 1.1 million people marched in Madrid to protest the recent car-bomb attack by Basque separatists.
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2000 Feb 16
Spanish papers reported that former Chilean Gen. Pinochet suffered from brain damage, according to a leaked British medical assessment, and could not stand for trial.
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2000 Feb 22
In Spain a car bomb killed Fernando Buesa, a Socialist Party leader in Vitoria, and his bodyguard Jorge Diez Elorza (27).
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2000 Mar 1
In Britain Home Sec. Jack Straw ruled that Gen. Pinochet should not be extradited to Spain.
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2000 Mar 12
In Spain the conservative Popular Party under Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar won the general election with 44.7% of the vote. The party won 183 of the 350 seats in Con-gress of Deputies.
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2000 Mar
EU leaders met in Lisbon, Spain, and agreed to turn Europe into the world’s most competitive economy by 2010. this became known as the Lisbon Agenda.
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2000 May 1
May Day marches and protests took place around the world. In Berlin violence erupted as some 10,000 anarchists marched against "capitalism and imperialism" after some 1200 neo-Nazis rallied. In London some 2,000 demonstrators caused havoc in London. Tens of thousands gathered in Madrid and some 15,000 demonstrated in both Russia and Istanbul. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and some 20,000 marched in Quito, Ecuador.
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2000 May 7
In Spain Jose Luis Lopez de La Calle, a columnist for El Mundo, was shot and killed in Andoain. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Jul 6
In Spain a bus enroute to a summer camp for teens collided with a truck hauling pigs near Soria and at least 25 people were killed.
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2000 Jul 10
DASA (minus MTU) merged with Aerospatiale-Matra of France and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain to form the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). DASA was founded as Deutsche Aerospace AG on May 19, 1989 by the merger of Daimler-Benz's aerospace interests (MTU, Dornier and two divisions of AEG). In July 1989 the two AEG divisions were themselves merged within Deutsche Aerospace to form Telefunken Systemtechnik (TST). In December 1989 Daimler-Benz acquired Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) and merged it into DASA.
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2000 Jul 12
In Spain a car bomb exploded at the entrance of the Corte Ingles department store in Madrid. 10 people were injured.
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2000 Jul 29
In Spain a Socialist politician was killed and Basque separatists were blamed.
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2000 Aug 7
In Spain a bomb exploded in Bilbao and killed 3 suspected Basque separatists, who appeared to be transporting explosives.
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2000 Aug 8
In Spain a car bomb exploded in Madrid, where 11 people were injured and in Zumaia where 1 man was killed. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Aug 9
In Spain Francisco Casanova Vicente, army officer, was shot twice in the back as he arrived home in Pamplona. The murder was blamed on the ETA.
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2000 Aug 20
In Spain a bomb killed 2 Spanish Civil Guard officers in Sallent de Gallego. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Aug 24
Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, a suspected torturer from the Argentine “dirty war,” was arrested in Mexico after former political prisoners identified him. Cavallo was extradited to Spain in 2003 and charged with genocide and terrorism.
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2000 Aug 29
In Spain Manuel Indiano (29), a councilman in Zumarraga, was shot and killed outside his candy store. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Sep 13
In Spain masked police raided the EKIN offices, the fund-raising wing of the ETA. 20 people were arrested.
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2000 Sep 14
In Spain Ramon Rekalde, a former Socialist Party official, was wounded with a shot in the head in San Sebastian. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Sep 15
Truckers across Europe blocked highways to protest high fuel costs. Protests hit Spain, Germany, Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
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2000 Sep 21
In Spain Jose Luis Ruiz Casado (42), a town councilor, was shot and killed in Sant Adria de Besos outside of Barcelona. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Oct 9
In Spain Luis Portero, a head state attorney for the Andalusian Superior Court, was shot to death in Granada. The ETA was suspected.
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2000 Oct 16
In Spain Col. Antonio Munoz Carinanos (58), a military doctor, was killed in Seville by 3 suspected Basque gunmen. 2 suspects were arrested.
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2000 Oct 22
In Spain Maximo Casada Carrera (44), a prison officer, was killed by a car bomb in Vitoria. The ETA was blamed.
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2000 Oct 30
In Madrid, Spain, a car bomb killed Supreme Court magistrate Jose Francisco Querol (69), his driver and an escort. 35 were wounded and the ETA was blamed.
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2000 Nov 21
In Spain Ernest Lluch (63), a former government minister, was killed by suspected ETA gunmen in a Barcelona suburb.
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2000 Nov 22
In Spain the government reported its 1st case of mad cow disease.
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2000 Dec 12
Spanish police arrested Valdimir Gusinsky, a Russian media magnate, on a Russian warrant for misrepresenting assets for loans.
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2000 Dec 31
Flamenco dancer Jose Greco died in Lancaster, Pa., at age 82.
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2000
Spanish journalist Emilio Silva was shown where his grandfather was buried. The mass grave in El Bierzo contained dozens of other victims of Francoist repression. Spaniards across the country soon began reporting on thousands of victims buried in similar unmarked graves.
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2000
The Bank of Spain began requiring leading banks to set aside a portion of profits against future losses.
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2001 Jan 3
In Spain a commuter train hit a van near Lorca and 12 Ecuadoran farm workers were killed.
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2001 Jan 6
A NATO meeting was scheduled in Italy on the use of ammunition with depleted uranium following the deaths from cancer of 6 Italian soldiers following duty in the Balkans. 5 Balkan veterans from Belgium along with peacekeepers from Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic had died of cancer.
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2001 Jan 24
Portugal Telecom and Spain’s Telefonica announced today the formation of a US$ 10 billion Strategic Joint Venture ("JV") for mobile services in Brazil. The resulting entity, named Vivo, was formed from seven assorted mobile units they already controlled.
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2001 Feb 4
In Spain a crowd of 10-40 thousand marched in Barcelona to protest a tough new against illegal immigrants.
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2001 Feb 22
In Spain 2 people were killed when suspected Basque separatists bombed a train station in San Sebastian. Separately French police arrested the alleged ETA military chief.
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2001 Mar 11
In Spain over 100,000 people protested in Madrid against a $23 billion plan to divert water from the Ebro river to areas in the south.
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2001 Mar 17
In Spain Santos Santamaria Avedano (32), a police officer, was killed when a car bomb went off as he evacuated guests from a hotel in Roses.
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2001 Mar 20
In Spain Froilan Elespe, Socialist deputy mayor of Lasarte, was shot and killed. The ETA was blamed.
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2001 May 6
In Spain Manuel Gimenez Abad (52), a politician of the ruling Popular Party, was shot to death in Zaragoza.
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2001 May 13
In Spain Basque Nationalists won the regional elections.
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2001 May 18
In France Loik Le Floch-Prigent, former head of Elf Aquitane SA (1989-1994), told newspapers that millions of dollars were paid in secret commissions to African governments, Spain and Germany, with the approval of 5 presidents.
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2001 May 24
In Spain Santiago Oleaga Elejabarrieta (54), financial director of the El Diario Vasco daily newspaper, was shot and killed. The ETA was blamed.
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