Giles Tremlett in Madrid and Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
Separatist tensions within the European Union looked set to grow with a surge of support for pro-independence parties at regional elections held on Sunday in Spain‘s northern Basque country.
A separatist coalition, EH Bildu, became the region’s second biggest political group, taking a quarter of the vote as it reaped a peace dividend following armed separatist group Eta‘s decision to end four decades of terrorism last year.
The coalition brings together peaceful separatists with former members of Eta’s political wing who are no longer banned from parliamentary politics. It won 21 of the 75 seats in the regional parliament.