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The 2012 Basque regional election, held on 25 March, resulted in a new
government of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV). The incumbent Socialist Party suffered a
dramatic reduction in electoral support, obtaining just 19% of the vote, far below the 30%
they had attained in 2009. This was the first election held in the Basque Country without the
looming shadow of ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna; “Basque Homeland and Freedom”).
However, the influence of the economy was stronger than the nationalism issue in this
election, as we show in this electoral report.