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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 


  1. Gibraltar leader tells Miliband: 'We are not a tax haven'

Daily Telegraph reports: “Gibraltar's chief minister has hit out at Ed Miliband, accusing him of fuelling Spanish attacks on the territory by wrongly suggesting it was operating as a ‘tax haven’.”

  1. Madrid closes Gibraltar language school as 'only apes don’t speak Spanish'

Daily Telegraph reports: “Spain is to close its Cervantes Institute culture centre in Gibraltar in a new sign of heightened tension between Madrid and the authorities on the Rock.”

  1. Gibraltar appeal to court for Fifa recognition to enter World Cup qualifying

The Guardian reports: “Gibraltar will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May to fight to join Fifa and enter 2018 World Cup qualifying.”

  1. Govt set to formalise University of Gibraltar in parliament

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Gibraltar Government has published a Bill for an Act to establish the University of Gibraltar ‘a beacon of excellence in the academic world’.”

  1. Gibraltar plane evacuated in security alert

BBC News reports: “Gibraltar airport was closed after a security alert on an Easyjet plane due to depart for the UK, police have said. Passengers and crew left the Airbus A319 plane as explosives experts examined a suspect piece of luggage.”

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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.