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1998 Mar 25
The executive body of the EU endorsed a proposal for 11 nations to be part of the new system. These included Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Ireland, Austria and Luxembourg.
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1998 Apr 25
In Spain a wall of acidic toxic liquid, 5 million cubic meters, broke free from an Aznalcollar mine waste lagoon near Seville and threatened the 300-sq. ml. Donana National Park. The tainted water was diverted to the Guadalquivir River and then to the Gulf of Cadiz. 13,300 acres of cropland were expected to be left barren for 25 years due to the spill.
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1998 Jun 23
In Spain a Boeing 727 with 131 people was hijacked and diverted to Valencia.
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1998 Jul 11
From Spain it was reported that tens of thousands of rotting fish were left when a section of the Llobregat River was drained to fast to fill a repaired canal.
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1998 Aug 31
In Spain Jose Antonio Ardanza, 14-year president of the Basque country, dissolved the regional parliament and set elections for Oct 25. He urged ETA extremists to lay down their arms.
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1998 Sep 16
The Basque separatist ETA announced an indefinite cease fire to begin Sep 18. It ended 14 months later after one round of talks with the Aznar government. PM Jose Maria Aznar responded with a hard-line crackdown that ended cooperation between Basque moderates and Spanish political parties.
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1998 Sep 25
In Morocco a chartered Spanish airliner crashed and killed all 38 people onboard.
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1998 Oct 8
In northeastern Spain and excursion boat capsized and sank on Lake Banyoles and 20 French tourists were drowned.
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1998 Oct 16
After receiving a Spanish extradition warrant, British police arrested former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London for questioning about allegations that he had murdered Spanish citizens during his years in power. Pinochet was held for 16 months as courts decided whether he could be extradited to Spain; he was allowed in 2000 to return to Chile, where a court later held that he could not face charges because of his deteriorating health and mental condition.
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1998 Oct 18
In Oporto, Portugal, 21 member nations met for the Ibero-American summit. 19 Latin American countries were represented along with Spain and Portugal. A document was prepared urging the industrialized nations to help stave off economic recession.
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1998 Oct 19
A Spanish judge filed a motion for the extradition of Gen’l. Pinochet from England that encompassed 94 cases of genocide, as well as the deaths of 79 Spaniards who were killed in Chile after being abducted by an alliance of south American intelligence services.
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1998 Oct 30
Spanish judges ruled that Spain has the legal right to bring criminal charges against Augusto Pinochet and to seek his extradition from Britain.
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1998 Nov 3
In Spain Prime Minister Jose Aznar authorized preliminary talks with the Basque ETA.
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1998 Nov 5
The death toll from Hurricane Mitch was reduced to 6,076 in Honduras and increased to 4,000 in Nicaragua. Aid of $66 mil was ordered from the US, $8 mil from the EU, $11.6 mil from Spain along with pledges from other countries and private organizations.
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1998 Dec 15
A 40-nation conference on the Dayton accord opened in Madrid.
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1998 Dec 19
In Spain Antonio Ordonez, bullfighter, died at age 66. His career was chronicled in a Hemingway novel.
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1998
William Herrick (83) published his memoir "Jumping the Line." Included in the work is his story of the time he spent with the Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The events were fictionalized in his 1969 novel "Hermanos."
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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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