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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days


1. Spanish air force disrupts British Airways flight landing in Gibraltar

The Daily Telegraph reports: “A British Airways flight was forced to veer off course on landing approach to Gibraltar because of the presence of a Spanish air force jet, the Gibraltar government reported.”

  1. Gibraltar Chief Minister ‘outraged’ by MP’s claim the Rock is gateway for drug money

The Olive Press reports: “Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has lashed out at UK MP Keith Vaz for criticising Gibraltar as a haven for laundering drug money in the House of Commons. Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, accused the Rock of being a gateway for money profited from the drugs trade into the world financial system.”

  1. Gibraltar gets thumbs up from OECD

Asset Servicing Times reports: “The Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has rated Gibraltar’s government as “largely compliant” for transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.”

  1. Gibraltar to launch stock exchange

The Olive Press reports: “Gibraltar’s first stock exchange is ready to launch once approved by the Rock’s financial regulator.”

  1. Easyjet launch new direct route from Bristol Airport to Gibraltar

Bristol Post reports: “Easyjet has announced it will be launching a new direct route from Bristol to Gibraltar. The new year-round connection will take off from Bristol airport on its inaugural flight on 19 April 2015, flying up to three times a week with low-cost fares.”

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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.