It's not j"a problem" with the basques - it's a problem with the basque terrorists.
And this is going on for more than 30 now.
I've been in a hotel in Spain, when the terrorsts blasted of the entrance of the next-by hotel (after a warning).
My wife and I had been in a terrorist search in Spain, when we wanted to undertake a day trip from France. Therefor, we returned, just to bet stopped by the French terrorist search. (Ever seen the Guardia National or the French anti terror police/border police in action? [grrr])
In a similar attack on Christmas Eve, ETA placied bombs on two trains bound for a Madrid station that was not hit today. On February 29, police interceptioned a Madrid-bound van packed with more than 1,100 pounds of explosives, blamed to ETA.
The death toll is more than 190 at the moment - 12 hours ago, when it was first in the news here, people spoke about five or more dead