Flag bearer and Triathlete Chris Walker of Gibraltar leads his team during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park
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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.

Latest updates on Team Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games:

  • Gibraltar’s Commonwealth Games Squad will see 27 Athletes across 9 sporting events compete at the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow


  • Charles Flower, President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Gibraltar, received a Gold pin and Order of Merit Award from the Commonwealth Games Federation. Flower has been awarded this honour in recognition of over 60 years’ service to sport in Gibraltar. He was Gibraltar’s first ever athlete in the Commonwealth Games, competing in Cardiff in 1958 and was one of only two recipients of the award.


  • Gibraltar’s Anthony Brindle, competing in Squash, won his 1st round match 3 –0, before losing in the last 32.


  • Young swimmer Jordan Gonzalez, competing in his first games, broke a national record as he finished the 100m backstroke in 1.04.50.


Elsewhere in Gibraltar…


  1. The World Trade Center brand has finally landed in Gibraltar

Olive Press reports: “World Trade Center Gibraltar has officially begun construction. The iconic global brand has finally arrived with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo drilling the first foundations this week.

  1. Spain congratulates Hammond and calls for dialogue on “Gibraltar and surrounding area”

Merco Press reports: “Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo congratulated Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on his recent appointment and insisted that Spain’s action in Gibraltar is simply to seek compliance with legal obligations, but nevertheless called for dialogue. The encounter took place in the margins of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting this week that was focused on the Ukraine and the Middle East.”

  1. Former Real Madrid coach criticises Spanish government

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A former coach of Real Madrid has criticised the political motivation behind the Spanish Football Association and Government’s decision to block Gibraltar’s participation in UEFA. Manuel Ruiz Pérez, who worked under Bernhard Schuster during his time at Real Madrid, said that nothing good come out of mixing politics with football.”


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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.