Chief Minister Fabian Picardo taking part in EU discussions last year (Flickr: InfoGibraltar)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 


  1. Spain accused of treating British diplomats 'like suspected terrorists'

Daily Express reports: “Britain and Spain were embroiled in a fresh diplomatic row last night after Gibraltar’s Chief Minister was banned from going to Madrid to deliver a keynote lecture. The exclusion, at the behest of Spain’s foreign ministry for “reasons of state”, brought widespread condemnation.”

  1. Spain’s Podemos party vow to improve relations with Gibraltar

Olive Press reports: “Podemos has vowed to improve border relations with Gibraltar should they be elected in this year’s general or regional elections. A spokesman for the La Linea branch of the anti-corruption party said that establishing ‘good neighbourly relations with Gibraltar’ is of ‘great importance’ both regionally and nationally.”

  1. World’s best darts players heading to Gibraltar for three-day trophy in March

Olive Press reports: “Some of the best darts players in the world are set to descend on Gibraltar for the darts trophy this March. World number one Michael van Gerwen and world champion Gary Anderson are just two of the stars who will be competing alongside four top local players in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.”

  1. Chess festival highlights Rock potential  for events-led tourism

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Gibraltar’s Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento hosted her first chess-dinner for the visiting participants of the 13th edition of the Tradewise Chess Festival. Evidently wanting to confirm Government’s commitment to the tournament, her message to all was simple.”

  1. Finance sector set for ‘ground breaking’ regulatory shake-up

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission have announced a ‘ground breaking’ overhaul of the legislative and regulatory framework for financial and professional services in Gibraltar.”


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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.