The Gibraltar branch of Morrisons is the "little-known jewel in the crown for Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket chain", reports the Telegraph. (Getty)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

A selection of the key headlines about politics, economics and life on the Rock this week.

  1. Morrisons in Gibraltar - the unlikely success story

The Daily Telegraph reports: “Wm Morrison is celebrating the 20th anniversary of what is often regarded as its busiest supermarket – and it's in Gibraltar. The supermarket in Gibraltar is the only Morrisons shop outside of Britain and is the furthest away from the company’s headquarters. However, it has consistently been one of the retailer’s top 10 supermarkets in terms of sales and is a little-known jewel in the crown for Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket chain.”

 

  1. Middle East developer sets sights on Eastside project

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A developer based in the United Arab Emirates has put forward a mixed-use proposal for the Eastside reclamation project. The Armada Group’s proposal includes a luxury hotel, a number of residential and commercial complexes and a FIFA-approved football pitch.”

 

  1. Protest on Friday at La Linea over frontier queues

GBC News reports: “La Linea will be the focus of a mass protest on Friday evening over a number of issues, including a demand for a solution to the frontier queues. The City’s bull ring will play host to a number of lobby groups calling for an end to injustice – one of them will be the cross-border Group for a Humanitarian Frontier.”

 

  1. Spain claims €1bn Gibraltar tax fraud losses

Euro Weekly News reports: “The Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, has claimed that the Spanish government misses out on close to €1 billion of tax revenues each year due to ‘tax fraud’ in Gibraltar.”

 

  1. Excitement mounts as Gibraltar prepare for their big night

Portugal Press reports: “On Sunday September 7 (kick-off 7.45pm) little Gibraltar will take on the might of Poland at the Algarve Stadium. This historic occasion is Gibraltar's first ever European Cup qualifier after finally being admitted to UEFA in May 2013. Excitement is mounting on The Rock as the territory gears up for its biggest ever night of football. Gibraltar has recently played two games at their 'home stadium' in Faro, drawing 0-0 with Slovakia and beating Malta 1-0 in June.”

 

 

 

 

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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.