Chief Minister Fabian Picardo taking part in EU discussions last year (Flickr: InfoGibraltar)
Show Hide image

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.”


Photo: Getty
Show Hide image

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.

There will be some red eyes on the Rock this morning as politicians stayed up awaiting election results, to find eventually that the ruling party is unchanged. Yahoo! was among the first news sites with the coverage, confirming that Fabian Picardo will continue as chief minister heading up a coalition of the Socialist Labour Party and the Liberals. The Gibraltar Social Democrats, led by Daniel Feetham, won seven seats compared to the winning coalition’s ten.

Picardo won the highest number of single votes, according to GBC, followed by Joseph Garcia and Dr. John Cortes. With his 10,852 votes the chief minister won over double those of his opposite number Daniel Feetham, who had 5,054. The same report confirms that with 70.77% of the electorate choosing to vote, this is the lowest turnout for a Gibraltarian election since 1980.

There will be more on the election on our Gibraltar hub on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, life has continued as per normal on the Rock. A new money lending business has established itself, says GBC. The UK had its spending review as readers will be well aware, but details on the Rock were in short supply, said the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Most excitingly, though, it’s been revealed that “I’m A Celebrity…” star Lady Colin Campbell has links to Gibraltar. The full report is in the Olive Press, and we’d tell you more but unfortunately your editor lost the will to live half way through reading it… 

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.