The UK Minister for Europe David Lidington (Flickr: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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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. Commons debate: FAC Chairman 'disappointed' by Lidington's response

GBC News reports: “The Minister for Europe David Lidington did not reveal any change in the UK government’s policy towards the Rock in a long and often passionate debate on Gibraltar in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon.”

  1. Rock mourns the loss of Bernard Linares

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Sadness touched Gibraltar as news broke that one of the community’s leading citizens Dr Bernard Linares had passed away in London on New Year’s Day after battling with illness for several years.”

  1. Spain blocks Gibraltar from new EU air safety deal

Olive Press reports: “A British minister stormed out of a top EU meeting after Spain successfully blocked Gibraltar from entering a new EU air safety deal.”

  1. Spain urged US congressman to drop Gib resolution

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Spain tried to persuade US politicians to drop an initiative calling for the House of Representatives in Washington to formally recognise Gibraltar’s right to self-determination.”

  1. ‘Our people’ exhibition by local photographer

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A photographic exhibition by local photographer, Stephen Ignacio, entitled ‘Our people’ captures numerous moments of daily Gibraltarian life. Opening on February 2 the exhibition will be held in 92 Irish Town at a new cultural installation area called ‘Space 92’.”

For more on the Foreign Affairs Committee’s call for a tougher stance towards Spain, take a look at the article Sir Richard Ottaway wrote for the Gibraltar Hub earlier this year.

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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.