As is evident from those figures, resolving the Basque conflict would have positive effects that would reach far beyond terrorist issues. This is also an economic drain on both the Spanish and Basque economies, and a resolution would gold a great fiscal benefit for both parties. Unfortunately, emotions often get in the way of budgetary pragmatism in cases of nationalistic conflict, as is the case in the Basque situation. One way to combat this issue would be by having the governments of both, Spain and the Basque country, launch a public education campaign that revolved around the desire to create a better quality of life for future generations. After all, the Basque people themselves are split on what they truly desire for the future of their people. In the USIP Special Report, it is stated that “Thirty-two percent of the Basque population does not want an independent Basque country… and thirty-four percent has no clear preference” (Idoiaga 7).
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