Reading on the Rock: Gibraltar's second literary festival saw a near 80 per cent increase in attendance (Shutterstock)
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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.  Attendance soars as festival puts Gib on the literary map

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Gibraltar again immersed itself in a weekend of literary activity and miscellany as the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival raised the bar in its second edition and saw a rise in ticket sales of 63% with the number of attendances up 79% on last year.”

  1. European qualifiers: Four nil win to Germany in match against Gibraltar

The Guardian reports: “Germany picked up their obligatory Group D win over Gibraltar but the expected flurry of goals failed to arrive as they managed only four without reply in Nuremberg.”

  1. European Commission tell Spain to sort out border trouble with Gibraltar

The Olive Press reports: “A scathing letter sent to the Spanish government by the European Commission has lambasted the country’s ‘unjustified’ actions at the Spain-Gibraltar border.”

  1. Sanguinetti seeks improved superyacht industry

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “As one of the Mediterranean’s premier bunkering ports, Gibraltar attracts about 6,000 vessels for fuelling stops every year.  This includes vessels of all types and sizes ranging from supertankers to superyachts.”

  1. Government to buy back shareholding in Gibtelecom

GBC News reports: “The Government will be buying back Telekom Slovenije’s fifty percent shareholding in Gibtelecom. The move is a temporary one, in light of the ongoing sale of the Slovenian Group.”

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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.