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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


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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.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

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.