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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. Stop bullying The Rock: EU places conditions on Spain to loosen chokehold on Gibraltar

Daily Express reports: “The European Commission has instructed Madrid to loosen its chokehold over Gibraltar’s border crossing. The move follows 18 months of deliberately excessive customs checks that have caused hold-ups and frustration for thousands.”

  1. MEP Ashley Fox elected leader of British Conservative delegation in the EU

GBC News reports: “Gibraltar MEP Ashley Fox has been elected leader of the British Conservative delegation in the European Parliament. Mr Fox has vowed to use his new role to defend Gibraltar’s interests in Europe.”

  1. Sky Sports Originals documentary follows Gibraltar's incredible journey to Germany

Sky Sports reports: “With a population of fewer than 30,000, the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (also known as ‘The Rock’) is one of the unlikeliest football hotbeds in the world. But after being granted full member status by UEFA (in the face of fierce opposition from Spain), Gibraltar is competing in the European Championship qualifiers for the first time.”

  1. Parliament explores implications of joining Schengen

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Spain might agree to Gibraltar becoming part of Schengen and the Customs Union because the move would see the Rock lose what Madrid regards as its ‘advantageous’ non-VAT status, Parliament was told this week.”

  1. British Science Museum comes to Gibraltar

GBC News reports: “School children across Gibraltar are being treated to a number of educational demonstrations and workshops this week by the British Science Museum.”

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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.