Motorists queue to cross the border between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 22, 2013 MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)
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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. Commission condemns continued border delays

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The European Commission has slammed Spain’s failure to end “disproportionate” controls that are causing lengthy delays at the border, according to a report on the Europa Press news agency.”


  1. Spain’s proposed frontier workers permit “makes absolutely no sense” Chief Minister says

GBC News reports: “The Chief Minister says Spain's proposed permit system for cross-frontier workers, which is expected to come into effect in October, makes absolutely no sense in the modern age.”


  1. “First level precautions” in place locally as Ebola virus spreads

Your Gibraltar TV reports: “The Government has said that, although the risk of encountering a case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Gibraltar is “extremely remote”, first level precautions are in place and vigilance continues to be maintained on the Rock as the deadly virus spreads across Africa.”


  1. Minimum wage to increase to £6.15 from September

GBC News reports: “The minimum wage will increase to £6.15 as from the 1st of September.  The change announced in the Gazette contradicts the rise from £6.00 to £6.11, announced by the Chief Minister in the budget. Fabian Picardo had also announced the rise would come into effect on the 1st of August.”


  1. Communist mayor in Gibraltar invasion threat

Euro Weekly News reports: “Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, the left-wing mayor of Marinaleda, a small town near Sevilla, has announced plans for the ‘occupation’ of Gibraltar on August 29. The mayor is reportedly organising the stunt in protest of European tax havens, as well as to demand the removal of Gibraltar’s military base, and to defend the rights of Spanish fishermen in the area.”


  1. Gibraltar welcomes new military chief

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Thunderous blasts echoed through the air yesterday morning at the Naval Base as the new Commander of the British Forces received an 11 Gun Salute. New CBF, Commodore Ian McGhie, arrived on the Rock on Sunday for a handover to assume command of British Forces Gibraltar, but he finally took up his post yesterday.”


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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.