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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.


1) Gibraltar border delays a priority for Britain, says Ed Miliband (GBC) 

Speaking at the Federation of Small Businesses conference in Manchester, Labour Leader Ed Miliband called border delays in Gibraltar an issue of "deep concern" and stated that a resolution should be a priority for Britain. 


2) Spanish ambassador summoned by UK Foreign Office after "serious incursion" (BBC) 

The Foreign Office has summonsed the Spanish ambassador following the incursion of a Spanish ship into waters off Gibraltar. European Minister David Lidington has strongly condemned the act, calling it "unlawful" and "dangerous".  


3) Protests increase over Gibraltar's planned Europa Point football stadium (The Olive Press) 

Over 5,000 people have now signed the petition to halt Gibraltar's new football stadium, to be built on Europa Point. The stadium is opposed by two of Gibraltar's most influential environmental organisations, which argue the environmental impact has not been considered and that planning has been rushed through.  


4) Gibraltar government policy to understand autism, says Samantha Sacramento (Gibraltar Chronicle) 

Gibraltar's minister with responsibility for people with disabilities, Samantha Sacramento, reached out on Wednesday to the community in order to foster greater understanding and awareness of people with autism, and highlight the government’s commitment to the cause.  


5) Ben Okri delivers sell-out "Gibraltar Lecture" in Oxford (Gibraltar Chronicle) 

Last Saturday saw Nigerian author Ben Okri deliver the inagural "Gibraltar Lecture" at the Oxford Literary Festival, introduced by the Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port Neil Costa. Okri will also speak at the next Gibraltar Literary Festival.  


6) Spanish and Argentine towns twin in protest over Falklands and Gibraltar (The Telegraph)  

The Spanish port town across the bay from Gibraltar has been twinned with the Argentine city from which the Falklands invasion was launched, "sparking new outrage in the tiny British Overseas Territory at the foot of Spain", says the Telegraph


A year on from the Spending Review, the coalition's soothsayer has emerged to offer another gloomy economic prognosis. Asked by ITV News whether he could promise that there wouldn't be a double-dip recession, Vince Cable replied: "I can't do that.

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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

Gibraltar has a strikingly healthy economy but the UK is undergoing a series of cuts. The Gibraltar Chronicle quotes chief minister Fabian Picardo commenting that military cutbacks won't affect the Rock - local workers not facing compulsory redundancy should be pleased to hear that. Meanwhile the same paper reports on continuing Spanish disquiet over the absence of bilateral talks, although the Olive Press Confirms that at least Spain's ban on Gib hockey teams has gone away. 

Less controversially, Gib has hosted a major event for cancer charities, confirms Euro Weekly, to mark World Cancer Day. It appears to have been a considerable success. Promising in a different way is the country's entry into the UK Cyber Security Challenge, a scheme for schools with tech savvy kids. 

Finally the Chessbase website confirms that for the second year in a row, Hikaru Nakamura has won the championship. It wasn't as easy as last time and bodes well for a close match next year too.

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.