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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 1-0 Malta: Kyle Casciaro the goal hero as UEFA newcomers claim first win (Daily Mail)

Gibraltar’s victory over Malta on Wednesday 4th June was widely reported. The Daily Mail writes: “Newcomers Gibraltar claimed their first win in only their fifth international match after Kyle Casciaro scored the winner on Wednesday. Casciaro, who plays for Lincoln in the Gibraltar Premier Division, fired home in the 66th minute in the friendly played in Portugal. Gibraltar had to hold their nerve during five minutes of injury time before they could celebrate the memorable victory.” Read our interview with the Gibraltar Football Association’s chief exec Dennis Beiso here.

  1. Change in  marriage laws will boost tourism income (Gibraltar Chronicle)

Gibraltar’s parliament have unanimously approved new legislation which means non-resident couples wishing to marry in Gibraltar will have to spend at least one night on the Rock either before or after the ceremony. This night could be spent in a hotel or with a resident of the Rock. Tourism minister Neil Costa, who initiated the policy change, has said the change will bring financial benefits to local business.


  1. Draft legislation promises tougher tobacco regulation (Gibraltar Chronicle)

Disputes over the movement of cheap tobacco from Gibraltar to neighbouring Spain have caused significant border tension. Attempts to smuggle tobacco from Gibraltar across the frontier are frequent, and Spain has accused Gibraltar of a lack of cooperation in curbing smuggling. New draft legislation put to Gibraltar’s parliament would mean tobacco venders must slash the maximum purchase allowance from 1,000 to 200 cigarettes, alongside further amendments to the 1997 Tobacco Act.


  1. Chief Minister reflects on long overdue improvements to Gibraltar’s social fabric (Vox)

In a statement released by the government, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo reflected on social changes to Gibraltarian society, including the Gibraltarian Status Act. The act, amended last week, “extended the right to be registered and identify as Gibraltarian to those British citizen who had lived in Gibraltar for 10 year, rather than for 25 years as was previously the case.”


  1. EU Commissioner in Madrid to discuss Gibraltar (Panorama)

Swedish politician and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom arrived in Madrid on 3rd June for a series of meetings with Spanish Ministers and officials, reports Panorama. They report her agenda is a “closely guarded secret”, though it is known that issues on the Gibraltar Frontier will also feature high on her discussion list.


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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.