A Gibraltar police boat, Spanish Guardia Civil boat and Spanish fishing boats during a protest by Spanish fishermen last year. (Getty)
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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 urges action over fishing-boat gun incident

The Guardian reports: “Gibraltar authorities have asked the Foreign Office to take "immediate and firm action" after two residents in a fishing boat said they had a gun pointed at them last weekend by an officer of Spain's guardia civil. The Spanish police officer also rammed their boat in the incident, the Gibraltar government said in a statement on Tuesday.”

  1. EU urges Gibraltar, Spain to probe cigarette smuggling

Yahoo reports: “The EU's anti-fraud office on Monday urged Gibraltar and Spain to launch legal action after it found signs that organised crime was behind a rise in cigarette smuggling in southern Spain. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) made the recommendation after completing a probe it launched in August 2013 at the request of Madrid into a sharp rise in cigarette smuggling across the border between Gibraltar and Spain between 2009 and 2013.”

  1. A-Level Results: Gibraltar schools perform well despite new UK pass threshold

GBC News reports: “Gibraltar’s A-level results have remained steady above the 95 per cent pass rate, despite a UK government initiative to tighten up the threshold of pass rates across the country. This year also saw a pupil from Westside School becoming the first ever to get four A stars.”

  1. Gibraltar cracks down on speeding drivers

The Olive Press reports: “Keep your eyes peeled on Gibraltar’s roads. The Rock has begun preparations for the instalment of roadside ‘speed cameras’ in hazardous locations.”

  1. Jazz festival artists announced

GBC News reports: “The line-up for this year’s International Jazz Festival has been announced, with tickets now available from the Ministry of Culture at the City Hall. The headlining international acts are: Eliane Elias with guest Randy Brecker, and Fillet O Soul with guests Mica Paris, Omar and Madeline Bell.”

  1. Gibraltar soldier is best recruit

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A Royal Gibraltar Regiment soldier, Private Thomas Darby, 17, has been awarded the ‘Best Recruit’ following a successful completion of the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.”






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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.